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THE AENEID OF VIRGIL

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THE

AENEID OF VIRGIL

BOOKS VII-XII

EDITED

WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

BY

T. E. PAGE, M.A.
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P. VERGILIUS1 Maro was born Oct. 15, B.c. 70, at Andes, a small village near Mantua in Cisalpine Gaul, five years before Horace and seven before C. Octavius, who later, under the names of Octavian and Augustus, was destined to become his great patron.

His father was a yeoman, and cultivated a small farm of his own. The boy was educated at Cremona and Mediolanum (Milan), and is said to have subsequently studied at Neapolis (Naples) under Parthenius of Bithynia, from whom he learnt Greek, and at Rome under Siron, an Epicurean philosopher, and Epidius, a rhetorician. His works afford ample evidence of his wide reading, and he certainly merits the epithet of doctus to which all the poets of his age aspired ; 2 a noble passage in the Georgics (2.475-492) expresses his deep admiration for scientific and philosophic study, while throughout the Aeneid, and especially in the speeches of the fourth and eleventh Books, there are marked traces of

1 The spelling Virgilius is wrong; but as an English word it seems pedantic to alter Virgil,' established as it is by a long literary tradition.

2 Ellis, Cat. 35. 16 n.

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