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A Dissertation on the Sixth Book of Virgil's Aeneis free pdf Excerpt from A Dissertation on the Sixth Book of Virgil's AEneis Virgil found the epic poem in the first rank of human compositions- but this was too narrow a foundation for his enlarged ambition: He was not content that its subject should be to instruct the world in morals, much less did he think of physics, though he was fond of natural enquiries, and Homer's allegories had opened a back-door to let in the philosopher with the poet- but he aspired to make it a system of politics. On this plan he wrote the AEneis- which is indeed as perfectly such, in verse, by example, as the Republics of Plato and Tully were in prose, by precept. Thus he added a new province to epic poesy. But though every one saw that Augustus was shadowed in the person of AEneas, yet it being supposed that those political instructions, which the poet designed for the service of mankind, were for the sole use of his master, they missed of the true nature of the poem. And in this ignorance, the succeeding epic writers, following a poem whose genius they did not understand, wrote worse than if they had only taken Homer, and his simpler plan, for their direction. A great modern poet, and best judge of their merit, assures us of this fact- and what hath been said will help us to explain the reason of it- The epic poets, says this admirable writer, have used the same practice (that of Virgil, of running two fables into one) but generally carried it so far as to superinduce a multiplicity of fables, destroy the unity of action, and lose their readers in an unreasonable length of time. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

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Author : William Warburton
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1440090084
EAN : 9781440090080
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 464 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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