Propertius I, Hardback Book


What was it like to be in love in Rome? Th 22 poems of Sextus Propertius' first book of elegies (publisehed in 28 B.C.) offer an answer.

Defiantly un-Roman in his devotion to love for his Cynthia and to his art, Propertius writes with a strangely modern voice - passionate, wry, self-scrutinising and ironic.

But it is a voice that has been shaped and controlled by a literary tradition already centries old.

This revised edition of Book I provides, in a verse translation which attempts to simulate the dicipline and contraints of the hetameter-pentameter alternation in the elegiac couplets of the original poems, a handily self-contained Augustan poetry book- the earliest extant book of Latin love-elegy - to a readership without Latin.

The Introduction and Commentary furnish the reader with explanations of the literary, mythological, historical and geographical allusions necessary for an understanding of the poems.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780856687297



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