Definition of Virgil in English:


Line breaks: Vir¦gil
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːdʒɪl
(also Vergil)
( 70-19 bc), Roman poet; Latin name Publius Vergilius Maro. He wrote three major works: the Eclogues, ten pastoral poems, blending traditional themes of Greek bucolic poetry with contemporary political and literary themes; the Georgics, a didactic poem on farming; and the Aeneid (see Aeneid).



(also Vergilian) adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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