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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The local antiquities of Italy must be brought in and somehow made to fit with the classic mythology of Greece . His studies of philosophy were profound and the Aeneid is pervaded by hints and echoes of them . There are passages which ...
His influential essay What is a Classic ?, which appeared in his book On Poets and Poetry ( 1951 ) , went so far as to say that there could be only one classic in Europe and that was Virgil - central in history because of the ...
Dryden lived in a period which was saturated in the Latin classics and his own style was closer to theirs than that of any twentieth - century translator can be , though he is at times very far from the literal sense of the original and ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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