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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But here too something has changed ; for Virgil replaces the pretty girls who rebuff their suitors ( in Theocritus ' Third and Eleventh Idylls ) with a homosexual passion , that of Corydon for the boy Alexis who is the favourite of his ...
Four lines take us from the first appearance of mankind to Pasiphae , no less than sixteen being lavished on a plangent account of her perverse passion : a , virgo infelix , quae te dementia cepit ?
The strong passions and unashamed partisanship of the Homeric gods had shocked serious thinkers for generations . Virgil allows that vein of moral criticism into the epic itself . At 1.36 the goddess Juno will appear , expressing her ...
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