Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-should-you-read-virgil-s-aeneid-mark-robinson In 19 BC, the Roman poet Virgil suffered heatstroke and died on his journey back to Italy. On his deathbed, he thought about the manuscript he had been working on for over ten years, an epic poem called the "Aeneid." Unsatisfied with the final edit, he asked his friends to burn it. But they refused, and soon after Virgil’s death, Augustus ordered it to be published. Why? Mark Robinson explains. Lesson by Mark Robinson, directed by TED-Ed. Thank you so much to our patrons for your support! Without you this video would not be possible. Ricardo Rendon Cepeda, Mauro Pellegrini, Jose Mamattah, Aleksandar Srbinovski, Javier Martinez Lorenzo, Maya Toll, Ka-Hei Law, Zayed Al Maktoum, Julie Cummings-Debrot, Michal Salman, Hiroshi Uchiyama, Peter Liu, Adi V, Tamás Drávai, Mark Morris, Robert Sukosd, Nik Maier, Catherine Sverko, Shooteram, Andrew Bosco.