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Virgil US English

(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)

Virgil Ivan Grissom in Grissom, Gus US English

(1926–67), US astronaut; full name Virgil Ivan Grissom. Part of the original Project Mercury astronaut team in 1959, he was killed in a flash fire in the Apollo I capsule along with fellow astronauts Edward H. White (1930–67) and Roger B. Chaffee (1935–67)

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