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The Roman poet and epic poet Publius Vergilius Maro, also Virgil or Virgilius (70-19 BC) is considered the most important author of classical Roman antiquity and is a classic of Latin school reading. His most famous works Bucolica (Eclogae), Georgica and the unfinished Aeneid revolutionised Latin poetry. Virgil turned to poetry after a comprehensive education in all fields of knowledge of the time and lived mostly in seclusion in Naples or Sicily. Like Horace (65-8 BC), he was a favourite of Emperor Augustus (63 BC to 14 AD). In the multi-volume agricultural didactic poem "Georgica", the laborious rural work and agriculture are described with impressive, brilliant linguistic art. Again and again Vergil praises the blessings, the idyll and the harmony in nature. He manages to combine high poetry with the communication of specialised knowledge. Along with Cicero and Horace, he is one of the most important representatives of "golden" Latinity, the designation for the literary epoch of the period from about 60 B.C. to A.D. 40, in which Roman poetry and prose reached the highest level of perfection in terms of content and language as well as form.

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