An ideal rustic paradise.
- As Revell puts it in his prefatory note: ‘the Arcady all around.’
- The Eclogues came to signify Arcady as a place where poetry and love meet with or avoid the worlds of politics, cities, and empires.
- The picture most admired by literary men was Poussin's second treatment of the theme ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’, The Shepherds of Arcady, c. 1650-5 (Paris, Louvre), a picture which fascinated later writers and painters.
Late 16th century: from Greek Arkadia (see Arcadia).
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