Like his contemporaries, Vergil was always quick to praise the simple way of life believed to have been practiced by Romans and their neighbors in earlier centuries. To this he attributed not only Rome's present greatness, but also the prosperity formerly enjoyed by the Etruscans:
Sic fortis Etruria crevit scilicet et rerum facta est pulcherrima Roma. Georgics 2.53.3F. In this way (i.e., by following a simple way of life), of course, Etruria grew strong and Rome has become the fairest [city] of the world, ■ y
The first line has often been usedi especially in Australia, as a motto by such unlikely institutions asbanks and insurance companies.
For more Vergiliana, see pages 56,109,182, and 185.
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