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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Catullus , Cinna and others had , by careful craftsmanship and scholarly application , developed a poetic style of great refinement and beauty ; but it seemed that in this style nothing could be written but mythological poems with ...
Something of a similar ambition can be seen in the architecture and the sculpture of the period - a self - conscious striving , with success , for grandeur of style and form . It is reasonable to suppose that Virgil did give some ...
It is also the most beautiful poem in the language , rich and varied in every aspect of style , rhythm and sound . The hexameter as used by Virgil revealed hitherto unsuspected range and variety . Catullus ' short epic ( poem 64 ) on ...
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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