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By general consent , the name of VIRGIL stands first in rank among Roman poets
. ... in pure poetry of temperament ; but of what is best in the moral and intellectual
life of Rome , refined and shaped by what is finest in the culture derived from ...
By his advice Virgil went to Rome , where Octavianus himself assured him of the
peaceable possession of his estate ( see Ecl . i . ) . But new troubles followed ,
and a new division of lands . Pollio had taken part with Antony , and was
Virgil then became one of the most honored and popular men in Rome . But , with
constitutional shyness , it is said he would shrink into the nearest shop or alley to
avoid the public gaze . His favorite residence , after the year B.c. 37 ( æt .
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 ...
... Italian lands ( B.C. 40 ) , Virgil's farm had been assigned to a centurion Arrius ;
and in resisting his claims relying on the promise of Augustus — Virgil appears to
have been treated brutally by the rude soldier , and fled to Rome in 86 bocula .
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