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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It had begun to look as though the empire won over centuries might finally come to nothing , the Capitol look down on the slaughter of citizens and the end of Rome . The earliest poems of Horace , written in the early thirties BC ...
At the end of the third century BC it began to look as if Latin , despite the conquests of Rome , might go the same way . Roman senators began writing history in Greek ; and what created a Latin literature and transformed the Latin ...
Do you , goddess of childbirth , look kindly on the child whose birth will end the iron race and bring in the golden all over the world ' ( 4.4-9 ) . The Virgin is the goddess of justice , who left the earth ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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