Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius by Sextus Propertius
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Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius
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The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius

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Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius by Sextus Propertius

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The Roman poet Propertius is best known as the writer who perfected the Latin love elegy, a technical as much as a psychological and cultural feat. Propertius has been admired for both his metrical genius and the modernity of his narrative flow. Many of the poems here pay tribute to Cynthia, Propertius's romantic obsession, but the scope of these 107 elegies is broad. Propertius's poetry offers a fascinating look into life in the Augustan age, addressing social, political, and historical subjects. A contemporary of Virgil and Horace, Propertius has influenced scores of poets--from Ovid to Housman to Pound. His poetry appears here for the first time in a dual-language edition with the translations facing the original Latin. Rendered into English by a poet who is also one of the nation's pre-eminent Propertius experts, the volume brings Propertius's difficult mix of vernacular and high literary allusion into contemporary language. Cynthia was the first. She caught me with her eyes, a fool who had never before been touched by desires. Love cast down my look of constant pride, and he pressed on my head with his feet, until he taught me to despise chaste girls, perversely, and to live without plan. Already, it's been a whole year that the frenzy hasn't stopped, when, for all that, the gods are against me.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691115825
ISBN-10: 0691115826
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Pages: 520
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 17-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Sextus Propertius

Poems by Sextus Propertius Poems, Paperback (July 2009)

Of all the great classical love poets, Propertius is surely one of those with most immediate appeal for the twentieth-century reader. His poetry centres on a helpless infatuation for his sinister mistress, Cynthia, and it is analysed with a tormented but witty grandeur in all its changing moods - from ecstasy to suicidal despair.

Propertius: Elegies Book 4 by Sextus Propertius Propertius: Elegies Book 4, Paperback (June 2009)

In this edition of Propertius Book IV, Camps follows the general lines of his earlier edition of Book I (Cambridge, 1960).

Propertius: Elegies by Sextus Propertius Propertius: Elegies, Paperback (June 2009)

Book II is especially suitable for the reader wanting a representative selection of Propertius' poetry.

Elegies Bk 3 Camps by Sextus Propertius Elegies Bk 3 Camps, Paperback (June 2009)

In his introduction Camps writes of the literary qualities of the poems and suggests some valid critical approaches for the modern reader.

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Author Biography - Sextus Propertius

Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, and curator. He is the author of "Charm", translations from the Latin of book I of the elegies of Sextus Propertius, as well as eight books of original poetry.

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