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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So wrote Catullus of the greatest political figure of his age . The output of Catullus and his friends ( the Neoteric or New Poet's ( novi poetae ] ) fell into two classes : on the one hand short and personal poems , which might be ...
The technique is one of suggesting yet denying identity : through the figure of Daphnis the Roman reader was meant to detect some glimmer of the figure of Caesar . This technique becomes important in the Aeneid , where Aeneas allows us ...
He has written a variation , in his own style , on a theme by Gallus , transposing the elegiac lover – a man about town in love with a - a known , even notorious , woman of Rome – into a pastoral figure by Virgil out of Theocritus ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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