German poets to know and love.
In addition to his great work founded on the traditions of German culture and folklore, he was strongly influenced by Latin poets and poetry, especially following a visit to Rome which made a deep impression on him in the 1780s.
Friedrich von Schiller, 1759 - 1805, the great contemporary of Goethe, wrote a first-rate translation of Books 2 and 4 of Virgil's Aeneid, covering the fall of Troy and Aeneas's love-affair with Dido.
Schiller's version of the Aeneid, Book 2, stanzas 35 - 39
Jetzt aber stellt sich den entsetzten Blicken
Friedrich Schiller recounts the death of Laocoon
Aeneis 4, 67 - 72
Längst hatte sie, indem er sprach, den Rücken
Dido's complaint to Aeneas, by Schiller
Aeneis 2, 125 - 128
Sie ruft's, und steht schon oben auf den Stufen
Schiller describes Dido's final end