Aeneid Influences On Modern Literature

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The Aeneid’s Influence on Modern Literature Almost every modern movie or text is influenced by much older pieces of literature. Without these ancient influences, some of these movies or texts could possibly be different or even nonexistent. The Aeneid by Virgil has been a political, historical and literary influence to modern day literature. In the Aeneid, the love between Dido and Aeneas serves as a prototype to modern love stories like Romeo & Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Tristan & Isolde by Richard Wagner, and Tosca, an opera by Giacomo Puccini, but also serves as a political influence in literature and left its mark on history. During the time the Aeneid was written in the 20s BCE, the first Roman emperor, Augustus, established his new regime after the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra (IBTauris.com). The change in regime influenced the Aeneid, as it both criticized and praised its government. In a time that was ridden with war and bloodshed, Augusts Caesar brought peace and control to the empire, which led Virgil to celebrate his rule by alluding Aeneas to Augustus (cedarcrest.edu). According to IBTauris, The Aeneid influenced future epics, both in Latin and modern European languages, celebrating kings and emperors, or tracing legendary and historical foundations. For example, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, a romantic epic which gives poetic form to the ideology of the British Protestant state under its queen Elizabeth I, is heavily indebted to the Aeneid’s
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