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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For Catullus and his friends prided themselves on their elitism , on their superiority to the ideas and tastes of the bourgeoisie , and on an ostentatious contempt for politics . ' I have no wish at all to please you , Caesar ; I don't ...
If genuine , they give us tiny glimpses of the poet writing to friends about love , parties and the loss of his Mantuan estate . The appearance of the Eclogues established Virgil as a leading poet . We shall see in the next chapter how ...
I guess that what happened to him was that he was ejected and that his powerful friends then compensated him with property in a different part of Italy - the Bay of Naples . It is there , not in Mantua , that we find him living later .
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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