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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By a fortunate chance Augustus , as the adopted son of Julius Caesar , belonged to an ancient aristocratic family which for many years had claimed to be descended from the Trojan hero Aeneas , the son of the goddess Aphrodite ( in Latin ...
According to Cato , the Trojans were plundering the countryside , when the local people gave battle under their king , Latinus , who was killed . That the ancestor and namesake of the Latins should have been killed by the Trojans was ...
However , mythological speculation did not stop at the Trojan legend . ... This left a gap of some centuries , which writers before Virgil had filled up by making Aeneas and his Trojans found , not Rome , but an earlier city nearby ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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