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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When Hesiod composed , there was no such thing as literary prose and even the most unpoetical subject - matter , as later taste would feel it to be , could find literary expression in verse , the poetic ...
polished verse specialised works which already existed in prose . Thus Aratus of Soli ( writing about 310 BC ) versified prose treatises on the constellations and on weather signs . The poem in which he did this , the Phaenomena ...
structure and significance than on the sensual character of the verse . However , the Aeneid would not , of course , have attained and preserved its rank as the supreme poem of Latin literature by its ideas alone .
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Rome and Arcadia
the Muse in hobnails
The Aeneid and the myth of Rome
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