The Trees, Shrubs, and Plants of Virgil

The Trees, Shrubs, and Plants of Virgil

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The Trees, Shrubs, and Plants of Virgil

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By descent and birth Virgil was not an Italian but a Gaul, and at the time of his birth his father was not a Roman citizen. Nevertheless, Latin, civilization was already entirely at home in the plain of the Po, and had brought with it the Hellenic strain which runs through the whole of the Eclogues. Thus Virgil was not afraid to call Italy his own country, even without reference to the share of Tuscan blood which he believed to be possessed by the men of Mantova. Thus, when he came in the second Georgic to celebrate the praises of Italy, it hardly needed the extension of the franchise to justify him in ignoring the boundary made by the Apennines and the little brook of Rubicon. In his encomium of Italian valour the Ligurian takes his place beside the Marsian and the Samnite, and the lakes of Como and Garda are no less Italian than the Tyrrhene surge which sweeps into the haven of Avernus.

In the youthful Virgil there were two characteris-

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