Virgil lived through the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Empire. In his poems we see a series of attempts, increasingly ambitious in scale and conception, to combine technical brilliance and beauty with profound meditation on the nature of imperialism and the relation of the individual to the State. From short pastoral poems on love and song he progressed to the heroic myth of the founding of Rome. "The Aeneid", immediately recognised as the greatest masterpiece of Latin literature, has had incalculable influence on European literature in the two thousand years since it was first published.
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However , the Aeneid would not , of course , have attained and preserved its rank as the supreme poem of Latin literature by its ideas alone . It is also the most beautiful poem in the language , rich and varied in every aspect of style ...
There is a helpful , brief commentary on Day Lewis's translation of the Aeneid by R.D. Williams ( Bristol Classical Press , 1985 ) . There are good versions of the Eclogues by Guy Lee ( Liverpool , 1980 ) ; of the Georgics by L.P. ...
W.A. Camps , An Introduction to Virgil's Aeneid ( Oxford , 1969 ) is an admirably compact short book on the Aeneid . Brooks Otis , Virgil : A Study in Civilized Poetry ( Oxford , 1963 ) is more subjective - exciting but sometimes ...
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Rome and Arcadia
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The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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