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 3 The Georgics : the Muse in hobnails - - In the thirties Virgil turned his mind to the creation of a poem on a larger scale – 2,000 lines divided into four books . His model , as we have seen , was the archaic Greek poet Hesiod ...
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 ...
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. ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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