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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Careful attention to rhythm and sound - patterns made the poems hauntingly melodious ; and the rustic speakers are characterised as simple yet refined , at once less complex and more poetical than the city - dwelling reader , who is ...
Readers of the Fifth Eclogue cannot have failed to recall these things . ... The technique is one of suggesting yet denying identity : through the figure of Daphnis the Roman reader was meant to detect some glimmer of the figure of ...
The Roman reader has a moment of rather sentimental pleasure in the reflection that , where now everything is urban and impressive , it was once open country . Yet , beyond that , Virgil adds a deeper note when - he asserts that on the ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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