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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This juxtaposition of the idea of the rustic sage who is above patriotism , with the idea of rustic virtue's role in raising Rome to empire , is a sidelight on the same problem in the Georgics . Indeed , a question which might have ...
Virgil was not the last poet to try such means . If , above all , the times really were changing , if this extraordinary man Augustus could save the Empire a and reform the world , then to be the laureate THE AENEID AND THE MYTH OF ROME 57.
If that were what we had instead of the Aeneid , there would no longer be great interest in it now that it has , after all , turned out that the Roman Empire was not the last word of history . It is also not hard to produce literature ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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