Virgil and His Meaning to the World of To-Day

Virgil and His Meaning to the World of To-Day

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Virgil and His Meaning to the World of To-Day

Virgil and His Meaning to the World of To-Day

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Professor Mackail has not devoted his whole book to the details of the influence of Virgil upon life and letters. That influence has been analyzed by competent hands before and repetition would be gratuitous. But, rather, he has presented us with a study of the significance of Virgil to the twentieth century. Others have traced the reactions of different ages to the Roman poet, with all of the varieties of different kinds of appreciation and interpretation, and much of this is implicit in Professor Mackail's judgments. The estimates of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries enter into the truth of our determination of Virgil's meaning to the present. The remarkable similarity between our own times and the days of the Roman poet should assist us to interpret, more vividly, Virgil's message to the world, -- a message that lives with spirit and power for us at the present moment.

The luminous, central idea of Virgil's life and . . .

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