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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Shepherds do have leisure and they often sing : from King David to the Old English Caedmon there is in fact a connection between shepherds and song . But Theocritus makes his rustics sing in a style very different from that of anything ...
( 10.31-6 ) But sadly he replied , ' At least , you Arcadians , you will sing to your hills of my suffering , you Arcadians who alone know how to sing . O what soft repose my bones would find , if one day your pipes should tell of my ...
Greeks and Romans constantly speak of poetry in terms which for us belong only to music : poets ' sing ' ; the pastoral poet plays on the Pan - pipes ; the rhythms of verse are intimately connected with dancing .
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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