This paper analyses Vergil’s use of hysteron proteron in Buc. VI, 42 and Georg. III, 60–61. It is shown that in both cases hysteron proteron appears as a stylistic figure: Vergil consciously models his hexameter after one of the stock examples of hysteron proteron in Homer (Verg. Buc. VI, 42 ~ Hom. Il. III, 100; Verg. Georg. III, 60 ~ Hom. Il. 3, 40), while doing his best to mask the disruption of logical order inherent to the very nature of the phenomenon. Thus, the two passages give the reader a glimpse of Vergil’s poetic laboratory: Vergil, who was well acquainted not only with Homeric epics, but also with the Alexandrian scholarship, takes into account Greek poetic and philological practices, while searching for his own poetic voice.