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 the Georgics Virgil did address him , in terms which might be accused , without unfairness , of adulation , promising him , at the opening of the Third Georgic , an epic poem on his ' brilliant battles ' and his conquest of the East ...
The poet Propertius announced the epic's imminence : ' Make way , you writers of Greece and Rome ; something greater than the Iliad is on the way ' . It was in the generation of Virgil and Horace that for the first time contemporary ...
The Italian epic of Tasso on the liberation of Jerusalem by the Crusaders , the Portuguese national epic of Camõens , Milton's Paradise Lost - all rely on the Virgilian model and the Virgilian style . Milton has the full epic equipment ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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