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.
Results 1-3 of 14
At the end of the third century BC it began to look as if Latin , despite the conquests of Rome , might go the same way . Roman senators began writing history in Greek ; and what created a Latin literature and transformed the Latin ...
The existence of Rome was also ascribed to another founder , Romulus and the researches of scholars had by this time agreed , to the general satisfaction , that Rome was founded in the eighth century BC .
In the fourth century AD massive works of scholarship came into existence , expounding and interpreting Virgil's text . These works , by Servius , Macrobius and Donatus , preserve many remains of earlier scholarship , along with prolix ...
What people are saying - Write a review
Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
2 other sections not shown