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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Virgil also has at his disposal less external means of converting his material into poetry . For instance , he takes a passage from Varro which does not seem extremely promising - an account of driving cattle to different pastures at ...
Virgil was not the last poet to try such means . If , above all , the times really were changing , if this extraordinary man Augustus could save the Empire a and reform the world , then to be the laureate THE AENEID AND THE MYTH OF ROME ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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