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On the clear night recalled by Lycidas, however, 36 2. Cosmology there was indeed a star more radiant – one so bright, in fact, that Orion is all but eclipsed by it in the cosmos and the text alike. 11 Its arrival here presages the eclipse of the old bucolic by the new. In this instance too, then, the Eclogues figure their intervention in a recurring bucolic tradition (represented here by the ancient and perennial stars that constitute the Kids and Orion) in terms of an historically specific catasterism.
32 Menalcas then at once places him at the threshold of Olympus, whereupon ‘Daphnis sees the clouds and the stars beneath his feet’ (sub pedibusque uidet nubes et sidera Daphnis 57). Finally, and in immediate response to this apotheosis, ‘the unshorn mountains toss their voices to the stars’ (ipsi laetitia uoces ad sidera iactant / intonsi montes 62-3). Because of the fundamental role Theocritus’ First Idyll and its song of the dying Daphnis played in the evolution of bucolic poetry, any story that 22 1.
322-5): LoxÕj m5n TaÚroio tomÍ Øpok2klitai aÙtÕj WRIWN. m] kelnon Ótij kaqarÍ 1n< nukt< Øyoà pepthîta par2rcetai ¥lla pepo8qoi oÙranÕn e9sanidën profer2stera qhsasqai. Aslant beneath the front-parts of Taurus lies Orion himself. Let no one who on a clear night passes him crouching on high believe, as he looks towards heaven, that he will see other stars more radiant. This allusion therefore inscribes the second of Idyll 7’s two constellations, like the first, into the sky at which Daphnis is gazing in Eclogue 9.
Bucolic Ecology: Virgil's Eclogues and the Environmental Literary Tradition by Timothy Saunders