( 70-19 bc), Roman poet; Latin name Publius Vergilius Maro. He wrote three major works: the Eclogues, ten pastoral poems that blend traditional themes of Greek bucolic poetry with contemporary political and literary themes; the Georgics, a didactic poem on farming; and the Aeneid, an epic poem about Aeneas, a Trojan (see Aeneid).
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- There are Virgilian similes in Spenser, Virgilian motifs in Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece and Milton's Paradise Lost.
- In the first, Virgilian, part of the digression, Aristaeus complains to his mother, the river-goddess Cyrene, that his bees are lost and his estate ruined.
- She cites a familiar Virgilian tag, but her favoured literary models are more humble.
Pronunciation: /vərˈjilēən/(also Vergilian) adjective
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