"'Sub Julio' was I born, though it was late "

(Canto 1, line 70)

Virgil was born in the year 70 BC, the village of Andes, in what is now the municipality of Virgilio (named after him). The Latin phrase "Sub Julio" means during the reign of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC), however, at the time of Virgil's birth, Julius Caesar had not yet come to power. When Julius was murdered in the year 44 BC, Virgil was only 26 years old and had not yet achieved notoriety, which is why he here laments his late birth.