The Bucolics, Georgics, and Aeneid of Virgil

The Bucolics, Georgics, and Aeneid of Virgil

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...The Sibylline verses contained similar prophecies, which have by many of the early Christian, and some distinguished later writers, been supposed to bear reference to our Saviour. Virgil has made them the subject of this noble Eelogue, which is so replete with beautiful imagery, and so perfect as a poetical composition, that Bishop Lowth, versed as he was in the suhlime poetry of the Hebrew Scriptures, seems scarcely to believe it possible that the poet did not write it under some kind of inspiration. It has been much controverted who the child was, to whose expected birth reference is here made; and most commentators have fixed upon Marcellus, the son of Octavia and nephew of Octavius Caear. The principal argument in favor of this supposition is founded upon the fact, that this Eelogue was written in the year 714, when, by the mediation of Pollio, to whom it is addressed, a treaty of peace had just been concluded between Octavius and Antony, the pledge of which treaty was the marriage of the latter with Octavia. But the child to which she was about to give birth was that of her former husband, who was but lately dead; and at this time there could have been no expectation that this child would ever become the object of those bright hopes, which had been formed and frustrated when Virgil composed the celebrated passage in the Sixth Aeneid, " Tu Marcellus em." In the early part of the same year, Octavius Caesar had married Seribonia, and it seems much more likely that the issue of that marriage, to be born before the expiration of the year, should be the subject of these glowing anticipations. The only offspring of this marriage, which was dissolved before another year had passed, was Julia. She was in fact the sole heiress of the empire, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236589629
  • 9781236589620