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Virgil, 70 BC - 19 BC

 

Virgil 70-19 BC

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Virgil, or Vergil, was a Roman poet. His Latin name was Publius Vergilius Maro.

Virgil's best work ever was the Aeneid, which he started to compile in the year 30 BC. Unfortunately, Virgil died before he could finish this epic.

The Romans in Virgil's days had a high opinion of his poetry because it gave them a sense of national pride.

Virgil never married.

 

What is Virgil's Aeneid About?

The story puts Rome in the center of the universe and tells about its founder, its mission to straighten out other civilizations, and its preferred treatment by divine forces.

It also reminds very much of Homer's works.


In more detail:

Aeneas, the son of Venus, is on the move after Troy had been taken. He lands on Italy's shores and his descendants become the Roman people.

But before he got there, he met Dido, queen of Carthage, aka Elyssa, who came to Aeneas' aid, fell in love with him, and wanted him to stay in Carthage.

Jove reminds Aeneas of his real mission and the good man takes off direction Italy. Dido is sad beyond belief and kills herself, but not before having released a prophecy regarding Hannibal.

And so on . . .

When it became Virgil's time to kick the bucket, he demanded for his Aeneid to be burned because he thought it unfinished. People didn't cooperate, but rather saved and published the work.

Here you can read The Aeneid of Virgil.

 

Virgil's Legacy

Virgil had a huge influence on English literature. Alfred Lord Tennyson, for one, was one of Virgil's admirers.


 

 

 

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