The Aeneid By Virgil Essay

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There is a certain misconception that mentions Romans in the past enjoyed violence in their society. A lot of it was known from books in ancient Rome where the writers would describe their gladiatorial fights and the keeping of slaves. History tells us that it is true that the Romans enjoyed the events of the fights and even today it has become part of our culture to see people fight for entertainment and money but without any weaponry that could kill somebody. These particular types of events it is enjoyed even today. Many of the violence that occurred throughout history have shaped our society to be more civilized and also take these themes into literature even today. We see a lot of it either in movies, TV shows, books even music. This demonstrates how the past has built upon through centuries as we still see stuff in the present. Mostly literature benefited from the common themes of violence and rage as a way to express the author’s idea to the reader. Therefore society in Rome and its violence are one of the few empires which have become what is considered today violent.
The beginning of Roman literature remains an enduring legacy of the culture of ancient Rome. “Some of the earliest extant works are historical epics telling of the early military history of Rome, followed (as the Republic expanded) by poetry, comedies, histories and tragedies.” Much Latin literature was influenced a lot on the traditions of literary tradition of Greece. Virgil’s poetry and stories such as The Aeneid is influence mainly by Homer’s epic story of the Odyssey. Many other authors like Catullus, Horace, Lucan and others follow through the same path while they were coming up with new ideas. From that point on Roman literature started to become more popular through time and became an important role for Western European civilization.
Many ways in which the Roman society lives, has a lot of similarities compared to the world during the British and Spanish colonies in the 1700s slaves in particular were used the same way as the Romans did. They were part of their property and treated really badly and this made the slaves very scared to do something about for the sake of their life. The masters would attack them for very unnecessary reasons and to leave off some steam out of anger for the current satiation their masters were. Also criminal activity is not tolerated and would make those who committed the crime pay it off by the torture of becoming a slave. The same practice would go on until slavery throughout the world is for the most case abolished in every country. This brought a whole new wave of literature where slaves would write down their personal stories for people to read and acknowledge the hardships in which they have to go through for their lives. In American history “Anti-slavery writings were significant in the abolitionists' fight against slavery. Using books, newspapers, pamphlets, poetry, published sermons, and other forms of literature, abolitionists...

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