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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Chapter 4 The Aeneid and the myth of Rome a We have seen that Augustus , like other Roman grandees , naturally aspired to have his achievements immortalised in verse . His mastery of propaganda was one of his greatest sources of ...
It was possible , on the other hand , to view Augustus , and consequently the future , in a much darker light - the uncontrolled domination of a man whose whole career was illegal , whose first act had been to raise an army and march on ...
By making his epic the story not of Augustus but of Aeneas , Virgil had a ready way to combine the three strands of plot which he regarded as vital : the story of the foundation of Rome from Troy , by a hero famous for his pietas ( in ...
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Rome and Arcadia
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The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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