Virgil, also known by his Latin name Publius Vergilius Maro, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the 'Eclogues' (or 'Bucolics'), the 'Georgics', and the epic 'Aeneid'. Virgil is traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets. His 'Aeneid' has been considered the national epic of ancient Rome since the time of its composition. Modeled after Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey', the 'Aeneid' follows the Trojan refugee Aeneas as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and reach Italy, where his descendants Romulus and Remus were to found the city of Rome. Virgil's work has had wide and deep influence on Western literature, most notably Dante's 'Divine Comedy', in which Virgil appears as Dante's guide through Hell and Purgatory.


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  1. 1. The Aeneid

    This epic poem tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travels to Italy, where he becomes the ancestor of the Romans. It includes a series of prophecies about Rome's future and the deeds of heroic individuals, and is divided into two sections, the first illustrating the hero's journey and the second detailing the wars and battles that ensue as Aeneas attempts to establish a new home in Italy. The narrative is deeply imbued with themes of duty, fate, and divine intervention.

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  2. 2. Eclogues

    The book in question is a collection of ten pastoral poems that delve into the idealized lives of shepherds in classical antiquity, set against the backdrop of a changing rural landscape. Through dialogues and monologues, the poems explore themes of love, the bucolic lifestyle, and the political turmoil of the time. The work reflects on the tensions between the simplicity of rural life and the encroaching influence of external forces, often drawing on mythological and allegorical elements to convey its messages. The pastoral mode serves as a platform for the poet to address broader social and political issues, while also celebrating the beauty and tranquility of nature.

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  3. 3. Georgics

    The work in question is a didactic poem divided into four books, which collectively offer a rich and detailed guide to various aspects of agricultural life and practices in the ancient world. It covers topics such as the cultivation of crops, the care of trees and vines, the husbandry of livestock, and the management of bees, all interwoven with philosophical reflections on humanity's relationship with nature and the gods. The poem also explores the hardships and rewards of rural life, emphasizing the importance of hard work, experience, and understanding the rhythms and moods of the natural world. Throughout, the text is imbued with a deep appreciation for the land and serves as both a practical manual and a meditation on the art of living in harmony with the environment.

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