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Under the later Roman Empire the reverence for his works reached the point where the was opened at random, and the first line on which the eyes fell was taken as an omen of good or evil.” This cult of Virgil only grew until “a great circle of legends and stories of miracles gathered around his name, and the Vergil of history was transformed into the Vergil of magic.” The spelling of his name also transformed from Vergil to Virgil, “thus associating the great poet with the magic or prophetic wand, The medieval world looked upon him as a poet of prophetic insight, who contained within himself all the potentialities of wisdom.
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VERGILI MARONIS AENEIDOS LIBER QVARTVS At regina gravi iamdudum saucia cura vulnus alit venis et caeco carpitur igni. si mihi non animo fixum immotumque sederet ne cui me vinclo vellem sociare iugali, postquam primus amor deceptam morte fefellit; si non pertaesum thalami taedaeque fuisset, huic uni forsan potui succumbere culpae.
But the careful preservation of this ancient manuscript, some 1,600 years old, testifies to the Catholic church’s profound respect for Virgil.
“Known as the Written by a single master scribe in rustic capitals, an ancient Roman calligraphic script, and illustrated by three different painters, Vergilius Vaticanus is one of only three illuminated manuscripts of classic literature.