Propaganda In The Aeneid

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When people read the Aeneid, “propaganda” is not likely the first word they think of. Yet while the political messages of an epic like the Odyessey can be debated, there is no doubt that propaganda was among the driving forces behind the writing of Virgil’s the Aeneid. There are examples throughout the text, from start to finish, that show clearly the role politics played in its creation. Virgil acts a prophet, in a way, as he describes the glory of Rome that happens before the writing of this Roman epic but after the events within it. Augustus, specifically and not surprisingly, gets some of the highest praise from Virgil. Politics plays no small role in the Aeneid, and in fact it would be rather difficult to miss. While still an undeniable
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