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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That the author of the Aeneid should in youth have expressed this Callimachean view shows how many were the difficulties which he had to overcome to write his great mythological poem . The Sixth Eclogue continues in a way which shows ...
It also shows the necessity for Virgilian man to be pious , to be alert for indications of that divine will and responsive and obedient to it . Virgil has created , in his Eighth book , a poignantly symbolic representation of the ...
The two words laeta laborum repay lingering : they show us , as at that moment they show Aeneas , the happiness he has lost with the woman who loved him . Her gifts can appropriately go now to the dead . In book Five the Trojan women ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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