A Letter !, Chanted The Messenger, From The Emperor ! Essay

1415 Words Mar 6th, 2016 6 Pages
“A letter!” shouted the messenger, “From the emperor!”. Virgil replies, “What does he want?”. The messenger explains, “He wants you to write another story glorifying his rule and the Roman Empire, and he is willing to pay a large reward.” To himself, Virgil says, “I guess my old friend needs me again.” This is a real life event that Publius Vergilius Maro experienced numerous times throughout his life. His religion, love for the Roman Empire, and experiences with life during Caesar’s Civil War and Augustus’s reign, all affected his writings. Virgil’s religion had a huge input on his writings. Virgil, considered the next Homer, was born, on October 15, 70 B.C., into poverty (Anderson 23). His parents, especially his dad, wanted him to have a better life than they did and sent him to school. Virgil’s school and education was all based on Christian education and culture (McGuire). This caused Virgil to become accustomed to writing using the Christian writing style. Also, his education caused him to find out that in all religion there is some kind of narrative structure. For example, in Christianity there is the Bible and in Islam there is the Qur’an (Franke, Secondaries). In Aeneas, Virgil has the main character follow god through his journey and reduce his own self and will, which is following one of the commandments (Franke, War). Virgil uses the description prophet to describe himself in many of his poems. The religious term prophet is defined as a messenger of God. Thomas…

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