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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implicit in the poems and never explained , offered Virgil intriguing possibilities for handling complex or dangerous material without making his own position explicit or unambiguous . In the next chapter we shall see in more detail how ...
England ; Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Berlioz ' Les Troyens stand beside it as works inspired by Virgil . The Italian epic of Tasso on the liberation of Jerusalem by the Crusaders , the Portuguese national epic of Camõens , Milton's ...
W.A. Camps , An Introduction to Virgil's Aeneid ( Oxford , 1969 ) is an admirably compact short book on the Aeneid . Brooks Otis , Virgil : A Study in Civilized Poetry ( Oxford , 1963 ) is more subjective - exciting but sometimes ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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