Latin Erotic Elegy: An Anthology and Reader

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Routledge, Apr 15, 2013 - History - 496 pages
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This indispensable volume provides a complete course on Latin erotic elegy, allowing students to trace a coherent narrative of the genre's rise and fall, and to understand its relationship to the changes that marked the collapse of the Roman republic, and the founding of the empire.
The book begins with a detailed and wide-ranging introduction, looking at major figures, the evolution of the form, and the Roman context, with particular focus on the changing relations between the sexes. The texts that follow range from the earliest manifestations of erotic elegy, in Catullus, through Tibullus, Sulpicia (Rome's only female elegist), Propertius and Ovid.
An accessible commentary explores the historical background, issues of language and style, and the relation of each piece to its author's larger body of work. The volume closes with an anthology of critical essays representative of the main trends in scholarship; these both illuminate the genre's most salient features and help the student understand its modern reception.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
TEXTS
37
Catullus
39
Tibullus
44
Sulpicia
55
Propertius
57
Ovid
80
COMMENTARY
107
Ovid
241
CRITICAL ANTHOLOGY
305
Introduction to The Latin Love Elegy GEORG LUCK
307
The Politics of Elegy
312
Countercultural
329
The Life of Love
348
The Pastoral in City Clothes
366
Mistress and Metaphor in Augustan Elegy
386

Catullus
109
Tibullus
121
Sulpicia
159
Propertius
166
Representation and the Rhetoric of Reality
410
Violence in Roman elegy
457
Index
480
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