Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dishonoring Virgil's Death Wish Gave The World "Aeneid"

Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC) was a classical Roman poet. His epic poem Aeneid was unfinished when he became sick and died. Tradition says Virgil indicated that the incomplete Aeneid should be burned upon his death. Tradition also says that Augustus (63 BC - 14 AD), the first Roman emperor, ordered the poem published instead. In dishonoring Virgil's death request, Augustus saved the Aeneid's destruction and provided the world with something beautiful and worth keeping. Since its publication, the Aeneid has became a national epic poem for Rome and was popular from its publication through the present day.

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