Unformatted text preview: Writing the Aeneid The Aeneid , Rome's national epic and one of the literary masterpieces of Western civilization, was begun in 30 B.C., and all of Rome, and especially the royal court, followed its progress. As he refined this work during his later years, Virgil led a comfortable, worry-free life, devoting himself to historical research for the Aeneid and enjoying the luxuries that his father's bequest and the emperor's patronage provided. Especially encouraged by Augustus, to whom the poem is dedicated, he worked on the epic exclusively until his untimely death eleven years later, when the poem was substantially finished but lacked the final polish that, as a perfectionist, Virgil had hoped to give it. Virgil had planned to spend three years in Greece and Asia revising the Aeneid while visiting the sites it mentions. He got as far as Athens, where he met Augustus, who, returning from a visit to the sites it mentions....
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