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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( A 12.503-4 ) Was it your pleasure , Jupiter , that nations who were to live together in unending peace should clash in such violence ? Again , as at 1.11 , the poignant question remains unanswered . The will of Jupiter is not only ...
Jupiter consents with a smile . The name of Troy shall disappear and all shall henceforth be Latins – a people of mixed blood who shall exceed both men and gods in pietas : hinc genus Ausonio mixtum quod sanguine surget supra homines ...
When Aeneas was living happily with Dido at Carthage , Jupiter was called on to intervene by an African prince whose love Dido had scorned . This man , Iarbas by name , turns out to be Jupiter's son ' by the rape of an African nymph ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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