Representative Works from Classicism

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The Aeneid has not only greatly influenced every resurgence of Classicism but has likely changed the course of all of western literature. Its effect on modern writings is so profound that its extent and nature is likely unknowable.

The Aeneid recalls the travels of Aeneas, the Trojan Prince, after the fall of his city as a direct result of the Trojan War. Aeneas's journey takes him to Italy at the end of the fifth book. In book, six it is prophesied by Aeneas's dead father that his descendants will be responsible for Rome's future greatness as an empire.

The Aeneid has been called a work that is inherently Roman because of its sense of Augustan patriotism and imperialism. Structurally, Vergil also created his epic in the true mode of a classicist. His epic, apart from its Augustan flavor, is the product of Homeric epic poetry and other...

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