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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His friends there included the Epicurean philosopher Siro , with whom the poet studied . His visits to Rome were infrequent , and he seems to have been a shy and retiring personality . He did not marry . The year 29 is the traditional ...
Indeed , a question which might have seemed irrelevant to a didactic poem on agricultural techniques was , in reality , at the heart of a poem whose ambitions included a coherent view of life and the position of man in the world ; of a ...
Subsequent Roman history , to be included in the poem in a calculated series of prophetic allusions and revelations , served as a guarantee that the hand of heaven had always accompanied Rome , thus confirming the story of its ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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