Virgil, doubtless the most famous of Roman poets, has fired the imagination of generations. Invented, reinvented and triumphantly adopted in a vast variety of scenes, he has become, as T. S. Eliot pointed out, the classic poet for two thousand years. A poet of talent that grows, a friend of Horace and Ovid, Virgil's poetry alone bore the weight and force of the Pax Romana. His poetry may crack under the strain, as marx's contemporary Mommsen believed, but it does not crumble. This is the first full-length life of Virgil since 1938 and the most searching reassessment of the summer of Roman poetry. Peter Levi teases a remarkably vivid life from Virgil's poems, a life-long study of poetry and the few facts that have come down to us through Suetonius.
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Born on October 15, 70 B.C., in a small village near Mantua in Northern Italy, Publius Vergilius Maro, or Virgil, grew up to be hailed as the greatest Roman poet. And although his work has influenced Western literature for two millennia, little is know about the man himself. In Virgil: His Life and Times, Professor Peter Levi reconstructs the poet's life by examining archaeological and historical evidence from Augustan Rome, as well as through close readings of the poet's own work. "Virgil is an intensely personal poet, yet he is anonymous.... My aim is not so ambitious as to try and restore his prestige single-handed. It has simply been to try to understand him in his original context." Professor Levi does an admirable job off adding flesh to the dusty bones of Virgil, pulling away many of the myths that surround his life and letting the genius of his imagination shine through. Although perhaps not a good book for anyone not already acquainted with Virgil, Levi's new book shines with an unabashed love of his subject and will be a welcome addition to the library of anyone who has ever been swept away by the pathos and power of the Aeneid.About the Author:
Peter Levi was a professor of poetry at the University of Oxford, as well as a lecturer in classics at Christ Church College, and a fellow of St. Catherine's College. A poet and student of Latin and Greek, he has written and edited over forty books, including a History of Greek Literature, celebrated biographies of Lear, Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, and, recently, Horace: A Life.
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