From which epic is the title Arms and the Man taken?

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Arms and the Man takes its title from Virgil's Aeneid.

The reference is somewhat ironic because of the difference between George Bernard Shaw's story and Virgil's story. Aeneid is a classical epic with fierce heroes and spectacular battles. It glorifies war and military life. It's the story of the founder of Rome after the events of the Trojan war; the Trojans eventually settle in Italy after difficult battles. The heroes are heroic and the war has a purpose—even if it led to more war.

In Arms and the Man, however, war and heroes are used differently. It's a comedy and a love story with the backdrop of a war. The heroes are comedic figures who are incapable of figuring out their own lives; one is even a deserter from the military. Sergius is stubborn and is often seen as disloyal. The characters aren't romanticized and give the reader a more obviously negative view of war.

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Shaw's work Arms and the Man is derived from the opening line of Virgil's Aeneid . The epic poem which tells the story of...

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