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Publius Vergilius Maro Virgil. Virgil’s young life. Born in Andes in Gaul Descended from early Roman colonists Received first education at 5 years old Finally went to Rome to study rhetoric, medicine, and astronomy Abandoned these for philosophy. Virgil’s works.

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virgil s young life
Virgil’s young life
  • Born in Andes in Gaul
  • Descended from early Roman colonists
  • Received first education at 5 years old
  • Finally went to Rome to study rhetoric, medicine, and astronomy
  • Abandoned these for philosophy
virgil s works
Virgil’s works
  • Wrote many poems as an adolescent, not considered very good by scholars.
  • Eclogues- 42 BCE. Collection of pastoral (natural) and love poems.
  • Georgics- 37 BCE. Virgil describes in detail how to run a farm.
the aeneid
The Aeneid
  • Written between 29-19 BCE, near the end of Virgil’s life.
  • Commissioned by Augustus, who hoped to link his lineage to the founding of Rome.
  • Epic poem
what is epic poetry
What is epic poetry?
  • 9 characteristics
    • Begins in medias res
    • Has a vast setting
    • Begins with an invocation to a muse
    • Contains a statement of theme
    • Uses epithets for major characters
    • Contains long lists
    • Contains long formal speeches
    • Plot relies on divine intervention
    • Contains heroes
the aeneid1
The Aeneid
  • Follows Aeneas’ journey from the sacked city of Troy after the events of the Trojan War
  • Forced to Carthage due to a storm, where he meets Dido, queen of the Carthaginians. She falls in love with him, and he intends to stay, but Jupiter, king of the gods, reminds him that he has a destiny to found a new city, so he leaves. When he does, Dido commits suicide.
  • Aeneas’ father dies in book V, and so in book VI Aeneas journeys to hell in order to ask his father what the destiny of Rome is.