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Vergil (also Virgil; Publius Vergilius Maro)

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Born: 070 AD
Died: 019 AD.

Nationality: Roman
Categories: Poets

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70 B.C – He was born on the 15th day of October of this year in Andes, North Italy. Virgil received his first education when he was 5 years old. He later went to Rome to study rhetoric, medicine, and astronomy, which he soon abandoned for philosophy.

 

42 B.C – Between 42 and 37 B.C. He composed pastoral poems known as Ecologues ('rustic poems' and 'selections'), spent years on the Georgics (literally, 'pertaining to agriculture'), a didactic work on farming, a townsman's view of the country.

 

37 B.C - After the Eclogues were completed, Virgil spent the years 37 BC–29 BC on the Georgics ("On Farming"), which was written in honor of Maecenas, and is the source of the expression tempus fugit ("time flies").

 

30 B.C - Augustus Caesar pressed Virgil to write of the glory of Rome under his sway. Thus, from this year until the time of his death, he devoted to the composition of The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome, to glory the Empire.

 

31 B.C - However, Octavian, who had defeated Antony at the Battle of Actium in this year, and upon whom the title "Augustus" had been bestowed four years later by the Roman Senate, was already pressing Virgil to write an epic to praise his regime.

 

19 B.C – He expired on the 21st day of September of this year in Brundisium due to a fever in contracted on his visit to Greece.


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