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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... on which , he says : ' I played “ Corydon was once on fire with love for Alexis ” and “ Whose flocks are these ? Do they belong to Meliboeus ? ” ' ( 5.84f . ) . That is to say , he quotes the opening lines of the ...
“ Soon I shall be girding myself to sing of his brilliant battles ' ( G3.10-48 ) . Again the passage , like the opening of the First book , is at once profuse and evasive . The image of the Muses following as captives was not one of ...
It is interesting to compare the opening of Catullus ' poem , which describes the sailing of the ship Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece , with Virgil's description , where he certainly had the Catullan passage in mind , of Aeneas and ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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