Virgil

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Bloomsbury Academic, Nov 15, 2001 - Literary Collections - 120 pages
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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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Contents

Rome and Arcadia
19
the Muse in hobnails
34
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
55
Copyright

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Jasper Griffin is Professor of Classical Literature in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College.

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