Who were Virgil's major influences?

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It would seem that Virgil, a Classical Roman poet, started his education at the age of five. His father was a wealthy landowner, so paying for Virgil's education was by no means difficult.  At first it seemed Virgil would pursue studies in rhetoric and the law.  However, he soon turned his attention to poetry.

Virgil is remembered for writing three major works.  They are the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the Aeneid, along with several other minor poems. (Virgil's published works greatly influenced Latin poetry.)

His Aeneid is considered a national Roman epic, and this piece seems to have been influenced by Homer's The Iliad.  However, it seems Virgil was also influenced the the neoteric writers Pollio and Cinna.