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... may serve the learner in the bare understanding of the text , but , along with it ,
some hint of that wealth of traditional interpretation and illustration which is more
important , perhaps , in the study of Virgil than in that of any other ancient poet .
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 ...
But Asinius Pollio , military governor north of the Po , had already taken a warm
interest in the young poet . By his advice Virgil went to Rome , where Octavianus
himself assured him of the peaceable possession of his estate ( see Ecl . i . ) .
accomplishments he was a most effective reader , Octavia swooned away ; and
when she recovered , it is said , ordered 10,000 sesterces ( about $ 500 ) to be
paid to the poet for each of the memorial lines . When the Æneid was brought to a
The poet himself , however , is only dimly shadowed in the person of Tityrus , a
herdsman , in dialogue with another ... The whole scene with its incidents , thus
removed to the mythical domain of pastoral poetry , gives a peculiar delicacy to
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