The Roman Poet: Virgil, Vergil

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Virgil, Vergil, or Publius Vergilius Maro was a Roman poet. He was best known for writing the poem epic “Aeneid.” “Virgil was regarded by the Romans as their greatest poet, an estimation that subsequent generations have upheld.” [1] Virgil fame mostly surrounded by his unfinished poem Aeneid. He was born/lived the peasant stock life. His inspiration and love for the Italian countryside and the people of Italy helped shaped his poetry. Virgil was well educated in his knowledge for Greek and Roman poets and authors, as well as “receiving detailed training in rhetoric and philosophy.
“Influenced by the Greek poet Theocritus, Virgil composed his first major work, the Eclogues (also called the Bucolics), using Homeric hexameter lines to explore
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Aeneas got to marry Latinus daughter, but the King of Rutuli did not like the marriage one bit and soon lead a battle against Aeneas. He asked for help from the Tuscans and the Arcadians and the epic ended suddenly with a one-on-one combat where he injures Turnus. Unfortunately, Virgil had died before he could finish The Aeneid leaving it uncomplete. Both epics are similar because they both tell two stories about two different societal (Greek and Trojan) men dealing with great battles to find their way back/new home. In the Odyssey, the journey is dealing with the aftermath of a Greek hero battling against suitors, Gods, and evil Giants. In the Aeneid, Aeneas is going through a process of fulfilling his destiny of finding a new home (Rome) and ending with a battle against a tribe because of a marriage. Both stories deal with triumphs battles, hope, anger, and Gods with different names. It is interesting how both line up against each other because of one battle (the Fall of Troy) yet both men are dealing with far different things in different

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