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By general consent , the name of VIRGIL stands first in rank among Roman poets
. Others may have excelled him in single respects , - in original vigor of thought ,
in elegance of diction , in ease of versification , in pure poetry of temperament ...
... all means to restore the old Roman virtues of thrift , industry , and fondness for
rustic life . It was after the events of Actium and the firm settlement of the empire
under the single rule of Augustus ( B.C. 30 ) that Virgil began his chief literary
In a highly artificial period , such as that under the Empire , or in the lull after great
convulsions like those which marked the downfall of the Roman Republic , the
simplicity and quiet of rustic life have often from contrast had a special charm ...
The Romans , were very fond of coarse invective and repartee , and these form
the staple of the Satura ( one of the earliest forms of Latin drama ) , the
Fescennine and Atellane farces , and the Mimes . ( Cf. Teuffel , Geschichte der
It has the more patriotic idea of representing the Empire — victorious and at
peace as the true culmination of the Roman State ; as the consummation
destined from the most ancient time , and declared in THE EPIC OF ĂNEAS. ...
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