Vergilius Maro, Publius.
The highly evocative woodcuts (from the blocks designed for Johann Grüninger's edition of 1502) in this, the first Lyon edition edited by J. Badius Ascensius, capture the essence of Vergil's Arcadian and rustic landscapes as well as the epic sweep of the Aeneid. In the full-page woodcut Vergil is crowned by Calliope and flanked by some of his contemporaries. The other figures are Cornelius Gallus (the poet of whose work only a tiny fragment is known), Lucius Varius Rufus and Plotius Tucca (Vergil's executors), a skulking Bavius and Maevius (a pair of critics whose work is mocked in the third Eclogue), Maecenas (Vergil's patron), the emperor Augustus and Gaius Asinius Pollio (the poet and historian to whom the eighth Eclogue is addressed).
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