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

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“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 thinks, “I guess my old friend needs me again.” This is a real life event that Publius Vergilius Maro, also known as Virgil or Vergil, 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 affect 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; therefore, they sent him to school. Virgil’s school and education was all based on Christian religion and culture (McGuire). This caused Virgil to become accustomed to writing, utilizing the Christian writing style. Also, his education caused him to find out that in all religion has some kind of narrative structure. For example, in Christianity, there is the Bible and in Islam, there is the Qur’an. In the Aeneid, Virgil has the main character follow God through his journey and reduce his own self and jealousy, which is following one of the ten commandments (Franke, War). Virgil uses the description prophet, to describe himself in many of his poems. The religious term prophet is…

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