New Humanists

Was Virgil Divinely Inspired? | Episode XXXIII

October 15, 2022 Ancient Language Institute Episode 33
New Humanists
Was Virgil Divinely Inspired? | Episode XXXIII
Show Notes

The late antique and medieval Church saw Virgil as a pagan herald of Christ, due to the seemign messianic prophecies in Eclogue IV. In a 1953 essay titled "Vergil and the Christian World," T.S. Eliot argues that the Christian sympathies in Virgil's poetry go even deeper than that single poem, and in fact suffuse the entire Virgilian corpus.

T.S. Eliot's Vergil and the Christian World:

Vergil's Eclogue 4 (Latin):

Vergil's Eclogue 4 (English):

Virgil's Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid (Latin-English):

Fustel de Coulanges's La Cité Antique (French):

Fustel de Coulanges's The Ancient City (English):

Alan Jacobs's The Year of Our Lord 1943:

T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land:

Plutarch's On the Obsolescence of Oracles:

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