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Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia by Jean-Baptiste Wicar

Publius Vergillus Maro known as Virgil was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period.  He is traditionally ranked as one of Rome’s greatest poets, and known for three major works of Latin literature.  The Eclogues or Bucolics, the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid.

The Aeneid is modeled after Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and follows the Trojan Aeneas’ exile as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and arrive on the shores of Italy, to become the founder of Rome.

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The Barque of Dante by Egene Delacroix

In the poem, Divine Comedy, Virgil journeys with Dante through the vestibule of hell and purgatory depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth.

Who better to travel through Hell with you than a poet?  Poets reach into the deeper realms of suffering to retrieve the inner depths of the divine world.

Who would you choose to accompany you on your earthly journey?


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