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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At the beginning of the Georgics Virgil addresses an elaborate and lengthy invocation to the gods and goddesses who patronise agriculture , animals and wild places out of doors ( G 1.5-23 ) . The surprise for the reader comes in what ...
It will not have escaped the reader that in every one of these cases it is the impulsion of the gods which produces the pitiful scenes and pathetic language . After these preliminary remarks it is time to turn to the structure of the ...
a a crucial point in the poem seems designed to make us meditate on the morality of the great god who has just settled ... a local nymph with a much less ceremony and who now demands of the hero a virtue which exceeds that of the gods .
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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