The Aeneid is the very first major literary work that proves the immense influence of Homer’s poem The Iliad. Virgil, its Latin author, wanted his whole life to become – literary and especially aesthetically – a faithful disciple of the blind Greek bard. And, definitively, he succeeded. Together with his favorite work, The Iliad, his own epic poem is considered one of the most important literary creation ever written. His own influence is so great that Dante Alighieri himself took Virgil as his wise guide in the spiritual realm depicted in Divina Commedia.
At least in some respects, Virgil’s poem can be considered more important than Homer’s story about the Trojan war. For if the later is a narration about the end of a famous city, Troy, the former unveils the roots of the most famous city in the entire history of mankind: Rome. At the same time, many old and valuable moral values are exposed: the family cohesion and the duty of children to their parents, the Roman virtue of pietas (= religiosity), the virtue of manhood and the courage of great heroes, the influence of the invisible hand of Providence and the indestructible tie between the visible, earthly world and the invisible, spiritual world.
All these themes make Virgil’s work a fruitful and rewarding reading for any reader endowed with a well formed moral and aesthetic discernment.
- Author: Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BC)
- Original title: Aeneis
- Original language: Latin
- Genre: Epic poem
- The period of creation: 1st century BC
- Publication year: –
- Public: Adults, teenagers