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Summary of Virgil Eclogues

Date: 30-20 B.C.E.

Description: Publius Vergilius Maro was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He composed three of the most famous poems in Latin literature: the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid. For the Eclogues, taking as his generic model the Greek bucolic poetry of Theocritus, Virgil created a Roman version partly by offering a dramatic and mythic interpretation of revolutionary change at Rome in the turbulent period between roughly 44 and 38 B.C.E. Virgil introduced political clamor largely absent from Theocritus' poems.

Clausen, Wendell Virgil: Eclogues, Oxford University Press, 1994

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