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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According to Cato , the Trojans were plundering the countryside , when the local people gave battle under their king , Latinus , who was killed . That the ancestor and namesake of the Latins should have been killed by the Trojans was ...
That date was fixed by a sequence of seven kings before the establishment of the Republic in 510 BC . The fall of Troy , however , was generally dated to the twelfth century , 1184 being the most generally favoured date .
King Jupiter is the same to all . Destiny will find a way ' ( 10.111-13 ) . The great events of the Tenth book are the death of Pallas and the death of Lausus . The dashing son of Evander , committed by his father to Aeneas ' care ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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