The Roman National Treasure, Virgil
Virgil was a legendary poet in Roman times, and considered to be the greatest poet to the Romans. He was so important to the peoples of Rome that even emperor Augustus commissioned the poet to write a poem celebrating the glory of Roman rise in power, which would be his most revered work, the Aeneid.
This poem which was published two years after his death, would be known by Romans as their national epic poem. Virgil was also well known for writing poems such as the Eclogues, which have multiple stories taking place in a utopia of nature, Arcadia, and the Georgics, which also presents adventures in a rural, agricultural life.
Virgil has also had a fair share of impact beyond his times as well with his works. From western poets such as Ovid to Dante, who positioned Virgil as the poet's influence through Hell and Purgatory up to the very gates of Paradise in The Divine Comedy, and beyond, Virgil's work has influenced many other poets. His impact can be observed in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene and John Milton's Paradise Lost in English literature.
To fully recognize Virgil’s achievements, these poems that he made, and the effect of those pieces on literature must be analyzed.
Quick Facts About Virgil
- Virgil was born in October 15, 70 BC.
- According to Roman historians, he was born at the village of Andes, close to Mantua, in Northern Italy.
- The young Virgil studied many topics at the city of Rome, ranging from astronomy, the art of persuasion, medicine, and later philosophy.
- When Virgil was on his deathbed, he was unsatisfied with his poem, the Aeneid, and he requested his friends to burn it. Fortunately, his friends refused to burn the story, and Augustus soon demanded its publishment.
- Virgil’s works were highly influenced by Homer, a Greek epic poet who created the poems Iliad, and Odyssey.