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"Publius Vergilius Maro" (October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), usually called "Virgil" or "Vergil" in English, was an ancient Rome/ancient Roman poet of the Augustan literature (ancient Rome)/Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the Epic poetry/epic Aeneid. A number of minor poems, collected in the Appendix Vergiliana, are sometimes attributed to him.

Virgil is traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets. His Aeneid has been considered the national epic of ancient Rome from the time of its composition to the present day. Modeled after Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the Aeneid follows the Trojan War/Trojan refugee Aeneas as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and arrive on the shores of Italy—in Roman mythology the founding act of Rome. Virgil's work has had wide and deep influence on Western literature, most notably Dante's Divine Comedy, in which Virgil appears as Dante's guide through hell and purgatory.

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Look with favour upon a bold beginning.

O tyrant love, to what do you not drive the hearts of men.

As a twig is bent the tree inclines.

Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.

Each of us bears his own Hell.

In quarrels such as these not ours to intervene.

Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.

Your descendants shall gather your fruits.

It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air - there's the rub, the task.

Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you.

Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.

Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.

I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.

The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way: But to return, and view the cheerful skies, In this the task and mighty labor lies.

Death's brother, Sleep.

A snake lurks in the grass.

Practice and thought might gradually forge many an art.

Romans, never forget that government is your medium! Be this your art:-to practice men in habit of peace, generosity to the conquered, and firmness against aggressors.

Trust one who has gone through it.

Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.

Mind moves matter.

I sing of arms and of the man, fated to be an exile.

They can do all because they think they can.

I have known sorrow and learned to aid the wretched.

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.

They can conquer who believe they can.

Endure the present, and watch for better things.

They are able because they think they are able.

Hope on, and save yourself for prosperous times.

Happy is he who gets to know the reasons for things.

Fortune favors the brave.