The Aeneid: Roman Propaganda

The Aeneid is an epic tale written by the Roman poet Virgil. It was published some time around 20 B.C. Interestingly, Virgil never actually completed the Aeneid. Throughout his life, he never deemed it fit to be published. Subsequently, Virgil ordered his manuscripts to be burned after his death, however, Emperor Augustus had it published against Virgil wishes. The AeneidĀ focuses on the life of Aeneas after the siege of Troy ended, as he flees to Italy to form a race of people that would eventually found Rome. This Epic is indeed full of Roman propaganda. Emperor Augustus wanted a tale that would promote his image as emperor. Thus, he gave Virgil the task of writing a story that would provide the people with a great character who Emperor Augustus could relate to.

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