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A historical photograph of the Virgil bust with a rollover image of the bustless pillar in the spring of 2005,Publius Vergilius Maro: (70 BC-19 BC) Roman Poet

Virgil was educated in Cremona, after which he studied in Milan, Naples and Rome. His patrons were Maecenas and Augustus, under which he wrote the Eclogues (Bucolics) completed in 37 BC, which idealized rural life. The Georgics was completed in 30 BC, and idealized the charm of real life and work on a farm. The rest of his life he worked on the Aeneid, a national epic honoring Rome and foretelling prosperity to come. (Columbia Encyclopedia)

The verse of the Aeneid, in dactylic hexameters, is strikingly regular, though Virgil’s death left the epic incomplete and some of the lines unfinished. The sonority of the words and the nobility of purpose make the Aeneid a masterpiece. Virgil is the dominant figure in all of Latin literature, and his influence continued unabated through the Middle Ages. (Columbia Encyclopedia)

The Italian garden was dedicated October 12, 1930 on Columbus Day, at the 2000th anniversary of the Latin poet Virgil (Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 12, 1930).


Bust of Virgil

Photographs of the Garden

Further Reading:

Virgil Resources

The Bucolics and Eclogues, by Virgil

Hale, Stephen: DeKalb College

Information on Italians in Cleveland, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Information on the Italian Garden

Columbia Encyclopedia

Cleveland State University, Special Collections Library.

The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.

Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper Morgue, Folder# 1935-1939. Special Collections Library at Cleveland State University.