The Aeneid Essay

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In the following excerpt, the authors note Virgil's significance as a writer who has had a profound influence on all subsequent Western culture, and examines those qualities of his writing that they believe make his poetry still relevant to modern readers.

Perhaps more than any other Roman writer, Virgil has expressed the achievements, and the shortcomings, of that civilization of which we are the children, in a way that has led to his being called 'the father of the western world'. But supposing that we were not his children, supposing that we were people from Mars freshly arrived on this planet and able to read Latin, would we find in him qualities to ensure his continued survival? I think that we would.

Those qualities that make Virgil's poetry relevant today, two thousand years after his death, can be assessed by looking at two main aspects of a poet's...

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