Propertius Elegies

ISBN-10: 0521292107

ISBN-13: 9780521292108

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Description: Propertius, though his works are small in volume, is one of the foremost poets of the Augustan age, and his writing has a certain appeal to modern tastes (witness the admiration of Ezra Pound). Book I is especially suitable for the reader wanting a representative selection of Propertius' poetry. It stands on its own, having appeared in the first place as a separate collection; it reflects a distinct phase of the poet's activity (and of his emotional development); and it is the book which made his reputation. This edition is designed for the pocket of the university student, but it should find a wider audience among classicists of all ages. The introduction provides the necessary historical and critical background and relates Book I to the rest of the elegies; the notes are helpful and to the point; and the text has a reasonable minimum of apparatus. There are no modern editions of this size and scope.

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Book details

List price: $45.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/28/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 116
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Propertius was deprived of his Umbrian estate in the confiscation of the civil war. He applied his rhetorical education not to the courts, but to poetry. His first book of elegies to "Cynthia" won him the patronage of Maecenas and established his reputation as a passionate, witty, self-absorbed, and learned poet. The three books that followed invoke Cynthia, but also carry tributes to Maecenas, to Roman greatness, addresses to friends, and antiquarian fragments.

Preface
Introduction
Variants from the Oxford text
Sigla
Sexti properti elegiarum liber I
Notes
Addenda
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