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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Then give them the running water again and pasture them again as the sun goes down , while the cool Evening Star chills the air , the dewy moonlight refreshes the glens , the kingfisher is heard on the river bank , and the thickets re ...
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 will be that of Rome . The hero is entertained in pastoral simplicity and awoken by the song of ...
Her gifts can appropriately go now to the dead . In book Five the Trojan women disgrace themselves by attempting to burn the ships in Sicily so that Aeneas will have to stay there and not press on still further to Latium .
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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