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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From now on it seems that Virgil lived mainly on the Bay of Naples , in an area of Italy long settled by Greeks ( Naples , Nea Polis , was an ancient Greek colony ) and celebrated for its beauty . His friends there included the ...
Nowadays that may seem na´ve but we should not rush to the opposite extreme and reduce the poem , as some scholars now do ... Most scholars , it seems take the Fourth Eclogue to be a celebration of that union and the child to be the son ...
What Virgil has produced in the Tenth Eclogue is something which in music would not surprise us at all but which seems strange in poetry . He has written a variation , in his own style , on a theme by Gallus , transposing the elegiac ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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