This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the Virgils of the individual writers, analyzing the educational and cultural forces shaping the Virgils who emerge from different nations, before establishing whether the common echoes and the themes transcending nation will enable us to discern a Virgil who is specifically female. It then discusses how girls' improved access to educational opportunities facilitated Virgil's presence in the works of contemporary women writers, in particular the chapter looks at the role played by Latin classes at school.
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