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Although Virgil lived and wrote two thousand years ago

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Although Virgil lived and wrote two thousand years ago, he was the heir to a literary and cultural  tradition that was many centuries older. A master of his art and a great creative genius, it is both  understandable and natural that the form and content of the  Aeneid  were influenced by other writers.  Among these influential sources are Homer, the  Cyclic Epics , Euripides, Alexandrian poets, and  earlier Roman writers. The foremost influence on Virgil was Homer, the Greek poet who composed the  Iliad  and the  Odyssey . By Virgil's time, Homer was acknowledged as the greatest of all poets, and Virgil studied  Homeric epic poetry in order to develop his own artistic techniques. Writing the  Aeneid , Virgil  consciously competed against Homer, for he was composing what he hoped would become the 
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