The shadow of the Roman poets falls right across the entire western literary tradition: from Virgil’s Aeneid, about the fall of Troy, the wooden horse, and the founding of Rome; through the great love poets, Catullus, Propertius, and Tibullus; Ovid’s Metamorphoses, treasure-house of myth for the Renaissance and Shakespeare; to Horace’s Dulce et decorum est, echoing through the twentieth century. We all take it for granted … so now’s the time to check your working knowledge.
Audentis Fortuna iuvat!
Featured image credit: ‘Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia’. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Quiz image credit: Rome: View of the Colosseum and The Arch of Constantine by Antonio Joli. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.