70 BC - 19 BC

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Publius Vergilius Maro (Classical Latin: [ˈpuːbliʊs wɛrˈɡɪliʊs ˈmaroː]; traditional dates 15 October 70 – 21 September 19 BC), usually called Virgil or Vergil ( VUR-jil) in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He composed three of the most famous poems in Latin literature: the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid. A number of minor poems, collected in the Appendix Vergiliana, were attributed to him in ancient times, but modern scholars consider his authorship of these poems as dubious.Virgil's work has had wide and deep influence on Western literature, most notably Dante's Divine Comedy, in which Virgil appears as the author's guide through Hell and Purgatory.Virgil has been traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Virgil has received more than 3,828,043 page views. His biography is available in 155 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 150 in 2019). Virgil is the 18th most popular writer (down from 14th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 17th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Writer.

Virgil is most famous for his epic poem, the Aeneid, which tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan prince who flees the burning city of Troy and travels to Italy, where he becomes the ancestor of the Romans.

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Among writers, Virgil ranks 18 out of 5,794Before him are Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Molière, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, and Sophocles. After him are Petrarch, Jean-Paul Sartre, Aesop, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin, and Giovanni Boccaccio.

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Among people born in 70 BC, Virgil ranks 1After him are Scribonia and Publius Cornelius Dolabella. Among people deceased in 19 BC, Virgil ranks 1After him are Tibullus and Dongmyeong of Goguryeo.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Virgil ranks 23 out of 4,088Before him are Commodus (161), Nero (37), Giordano Bruno (1548), Caravaggio (1571), Francis of Assisi (1182), and Marcus Aurelius (121). After him are Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Caligula (12), Ovid (-43), and Sandro Botticelli (1445).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Virgil ranks 2Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265). After him are Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Ovid (-43), Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).