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 words of Lytton Strachey , ' Greek art is , in every sense , the most finished in the world ; it is for ever seeking to express what it has to express completely and finally ; and when it has accomplished that , it is content .
Having finally reached Italy , he finds himself forced to fight a savage war with the Italians . He goes in quest of allies to the old king Evander , who has a little settlement at the foot of the Palatine , on the site which one day ...
Jupiter finally tells Juno that her opposition must cease : ' I forbid you to meddle further ' ( 12.806 ) . She knows that destiny plans victory and immortality for Aeneas , that she has already been allowed to do her worst , that she ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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