Origin of Virgilfrom Classical Latin Vergilius, name of the Roman gens to which the poet belonged
(L. name Publius Vergilius Maro) 70-19 ; Rom. poet: author of the Aeneid
a masculine name
Origin of Virgilultimately from Virgil
also Ver·gil Originally Publius Vergilius Maro. 70-19 BC
Roman poet who composed the Aeneid, an epic telling of the wanderings of Aeneas after the sack of Troy.
- No, I am studying Virgil and learning Latin!"
- In the first, or general, prologue, Douglas claims a higher position for Virgil than for his master Chaucer, and attacks Caxton for his inadequate rendering of a French translation of the Aeneid.
- In Virgil he receives Aeneas hospitably, and assists him against Turnus.
- He lost his father prematurely; and after the battle of Philippi and the return of Octavian to Rome, Propertius, like Virgil and Horace, was deprived of his, estate to provide land for the veterans, but, unlike them, he had no patrons at court, and he was reduced from opulence to comparative indigence.
- Amongst these may be mentioned Virgil, the epic poet Ponticus, Bassus (probably the iambic poet of the name), and at a later period Ovid.