I was born on 15 October in the first consulship of Pompey the Great and Marcus Licinius Crassus in a ditch near Mantua.
don't think Mother ever forgave my father that ditch. She certainly
would not have forgiven me, if I had not gratified her social ambitions
by showing an academic bent.
'Why a ditch at all, you ask? Was Virgil's mother a drab, a no one? Did he even have a father for his mother to forgive?
This was precisely my mother's point. Such stories tend to stick'
'I, Virgil' is the fictional autobiography of the Roman poet, from his
boyhood on a farm in Cremona to his death by poison at the hands of the
Emperor Augustus. In the course of the book, through Virgil's eyes, we
gain an oblique view of the great historical events of the time: the
assassination of Caesar, the downfall of Pompey and the tragedy of
Antony and Cleopatra.
bawdy, poetic, comic and tragic - Wishart's novel is the tale of a
brilliant man trying to follow his muse in a turbulent period of