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This Virgil's book contains ten pieces, each called an eclogue, populated by and large with herdsmen imagined conversing and singing in largely rural settings, whether suffering or embracing revolutionary change or happy or unhappy love. Performed with great success on the Roman stage, they feature a mix of visionary politics and eroticism that made Virgil a celebrity, legendary in his own lifetime.
Virgil was born to a farming family, and his poetic work named The Georgics comes as close to his heart as it possibly can. He dedicated this work to the land, the farming communities and the issues surrounding complex relationships and political situation of the time. Virgil's love for the earth and everything that grows and lives there makes this poem one of his most expressive and passionate.
The legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. At a banquet given in honour of the Trojans, Aeneas recounts the events that occasioned the Trojans' arrival. He begins the tale shortly after the war described in the Iliad: Crafty Ulysses devised a way for Greek warriors to gain entry into Troy by hiding in a large wooden horse.
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