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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... in any case , means that this love is absolutely without hope . The elegance of the poem lies in the depiction of poor Corydon's train of thought as he spends the whole day mooning over his love . He begins by reproaching the ...
All Nature mourns , the skies relent in showers , Hush'd are the birds , and closed the drooping flowers ; If Delia smile , the flowers begin to spring , The skies to brighten , and the birds to sing . – All Nature laughs , the groves ...
He tells of the drunken Silenus , a minor deity in the retinue of Bacchus , singing a song which begins with the creation of the world out of atoms swirling through the void – an echo , in content and in form , of the great poem of ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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