Modern Interpretations Of The Early Roman Empire Essay

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Modern interpretations of the early Roman Empire have been heavily influenced by historians throughout the ages, including poets Virgil and Horace. They shaped current interpretations of Ancient Rome and inspired great writers such as Shakespeare to tell the tales of the early Roman Empire.
The great poet Virgil (Plubius Vergilius Mano, 76-19 BC) was born in Mantua, northern Italy. His poems are some of the most acclaimed and studied texts from the early Roman Empire and portray many of the ideals and virtues which many people associate with the Roman Empire today. His masterpiece ‘The Aeneid’ lays the moral fabric of an ideal Rome, one which the Emperor Augustus was anxious to revive. The Emperor Augustus realised the value of propaganda gained through writers and Virgil was most grateful for the restoration of peace within Rome, which is what led him to write for Augustus in a sincere and flattering way. “Then shall the harsh generations be softened, and wars shall be laid aside” (Virgil’s Aeneid, 291). Virgil’s personal connection with Augustus influenced many of the ideas in his poems, and it has been speculated that the hero of The Aeneid is an idealised version of Augustus himself. The basis, however, for many of Virgil’s early works lay in the simplistic and beautiful nature of the Italian countryside, which he portrays as the place where the virtues and ancestral customs flourish. He also reflects on the ideas and hopes of the new age. “To these I set no bounds in…

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