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Virgil : his life and times

Verfasser/in: Peter Levi
Verlag: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Ausgabe/Format   Buch : Biografie : Englisch : 1st U.S. edAlle Ausgaben und Formate anzeigen
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In this biography, the eminent classicist Peter Levi uses Virgil's poems, like the Eclogues, Georgics, his epic, The Aeneid, as well as historical and archeological evidence, to discard many of the myths surrounding Virgil's life. In doing so, he uncovers the life of a poet whose powerful imagination and ethereal ability helped shape the epic vision of modern man. Indeed, Virgil's densely written and beautifully
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Gattung/Form: Biography
Name: Virgil.; Ovid; Horace; Virgil; Horace.; Ovid; Virgil.
Medientyp: Biografie
Dokumenttyp: Buch
Alle Autoren: Peter Levi
ISBN: 0312193521 9780312193522
OCLC-Nummer: 40159005
Anmerkungen: Originally published: London : Duckworth, 1998.
Beschreibung: vii, 248 pages ; 25 cm
Verfasserangabe: Peter Levi.

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In this biography, the eminent classicist Peter Levi uses Virgil's poems, like the Eclogues, Georgics, his epic, The Aeneid, as well as historical and archeological evidence, to discard many of the myths surrounding Virgil's life. In doing so, he uncovers the life of a poet whose powerful imagination and ethereal ability helped shape the epic vision of modern man. Indeed, Virgil's densely written and beautifully complex verse dominated Augustan Rome, the period of unprecedented prosperity, peace, and expansion that inaugurated the Golden Age of Roman poetry. Virgil, in fact, was the one poet who most fully understood the Roman Empire's enduring legacy and through his poetry defined the idea of civilization for generations to come.

Although contemporary critics and readers often overlook Virgil's genius, Levi demonstrates that to neglect Virgil is to truncate many of the literary foundations of our culture.

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