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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After the statement of the theme and the allusion to ' cruel Juno ' , the poet departs from the objective manner , traditional in Homeric epic , in which the personality of the singer is not revealed . He turns to a more evidently ...
A beautiful widowed queen with a tender heart , she is the right wife for the widower Aeneas , even without divine intervention . Yet it is Juno and Venus who conspire , for very different motives , to force the issue .
Virgil now describes the war which Juno stirred up against the immigrants in Italy , brought to an end when at last Aeneas kills Turnus , the Italian prince who is his rival for the hand of Lavinia , daughter of old King Latinus - the ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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