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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The output of Catullus and his friends ( the Neoteric or New Poet's ( novi poetae ] ) fell into two classes : on the one hand short and ... When Virgil began to write , poetry at Rome might well have seemed hopelessly fragmented .
the desire of Rome's poets . It will provide a key to the career of Virgil if we see him as responding to a crisis both in politics and in poetry . It was the task of the poet to articulate the feelings of his people but the situation ...
Brooks Otis , Virgil : A Study in Civilized Poetry ( Oxford , 1963 ) is more subjective - exciting but sometimes vulnerable . R.O.A.M. Lyne , Further Voices in Vergil's Aeneid ( Oxford , 1986 ) deals with the ' polyphonic ' composition ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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