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.
Results 1-3 of 14
He was a student of mythology and history , too , who was aware that there were many discrepant and often contradictory versions of the stories he must use ; he wanted to give hints and allusions to such versions in the course of his ...
Yet this unnamed young man ' was the first to give a favourable response . Again Tityrus is an old man but the reply is to ' boys ' . Ever since antiquity readers have had trouble with this opening passage . The usual course has been to ...
That flat description gives very little idea of the Georgics ; but it does give us a point from which to analyse the real nature of this beautiful but elusive poem - ' the best work of the best poet ' , as it was called by the greatest ...
What people are saying - Write a review
Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
2 other sections not shown