Vernon Lee (Violet Paget)




 B.C.70~B.C.19. The real name is Publius Vergilius Maro. It is written Virgil in English.A poet in ancient Rome. The major works of his is Aeneid, an epic which describes how Rome was built.
 In the fourth volume of Georgics, Vergilius sing the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Lee prefers this to Aeneid. She loves mot the legend of Orpheus and mentions it in her works many times. In 'Orpheus and Eurydice' in Belcaro, Lee cites a passage from Georgics.


 In Genius Loci, Lee cites a passage of Virgil, "Fluminaque antiquos subterlabentia muros," and writes: "That line of Virgil, in a passage which, like so many of Dante's, show the deep power of localities over the latin mind, must naturally suggest the Adige; and bring me back to those solitary days at Verona, when I found myself returning continually to watch the great reddish swirls of the river, with the big floating mills rocked on their surface." In this book, she mentions the episode of her visiting Pietola, the birthplace of Virgil.
 In Louis Norbert, an epistolary novel, in a letter Louis Norbert sent to Anthony Thesiger, a passage of Aeneid "Summe deum sancti custos Soractis Apollo" is quoted.
 The title of The Tower of the Mirrors derives from Virgil. At the beginning of the novel, Lee writes: "I have always been fond of that story of Virgil, when he had turned wizard in the Middle Ages; how he built for himself a towerーwhose name survives in a church at Romeーwith mirrors whereby you could see whatever happened in the world's length and breadth. This Tower of the Mirrors I have at last seen with my mortal eyes."
 In "Imagination Art of the Renaissance" in Renaissance Fancies and Studies, Lee mentions Virgil.

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