CHAPTER VI
THE LAND AND THE NATION. -- 2. ROME
Gloriosa dicta sunt de te, civitas Dei.

'WHAT is it,' asks M. Patin, 'that makes the story of Aeneas establishing himself in Italy into a Roman epic? It is the eminently national character of the legend used by the poet; it is also something more closely concerned with his art -- I mean the perspectives continually opened down the history of Rome, which, seen thus from the heart of the fable, as it were from a distance, becomes what it never yet had been with Virgil's predecessors -- poetic, epic.'

In the preceding chapter we discussed Virgil's feeling for Italy, and it remains to consider what he has to say of the city which made the land one, and what of its race of soldiers and citizens. It will hardly be needful to repeat that Virgil will look deeper than many other patriots and poets for the grounds and meaning of Rome's greatness. He will probably not be so ready as some of his fellow citizens, varicosi centuriones, to find the cause and the justification of Rome's rule in her strong arm. That theory he leaves for Remulus Numanus, the Rob Roy of Latium.

The good old rule, the ancient plan, That they should take, who have the power, And they should keep who can,

has its parallel in

semperque recentis comportare iuvat praedas et vivere rapto (ix. 612).

It was not merely the theory of Remulus; it was also the idea underlying Sulla's constitution -- the divine right of the senate to misgovern and to plunder as long as there

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