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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He tells of the drunken Silenus , a minor deity in the retinue of Bacchus , singing a song which begins with the ... Then , once the forests and seas have appeared in the world , the . a song goes on to tell stories from mythology - THE ...
He turns to a more evidently emotional style , asking the Muse , in the traditional way , to tell him about things which are not accessible to mortal inspection . Here he presses the question in an untraditional direction : how can a ...
He plans to tell her when the right moment comes along . ... and not likely to satisfy Dido : he will always be grateful for her help ; he did not plan to leave without telling her ; he never married her ; he is leaving under duress .
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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