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Introspection and Engagement in Propertius: A Study of Book 3


Wallis, J, Introspection and Engagement in Propertius: A Study of Book 3, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 242. ISBN 978-1-108-27177-6 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/9781108265003


Propertius reinvents Latin love-elegy in his third collection. Nearly a decade into the Augustan principate, the early counter-cultural impulse of Propertius' first collections was losing its relevance. Challenged by the publication of Horace's Odes, and by the imminent arrival of Virgil's Aeneid, in 23 BCE Propertius produced a radical collection of elegy which critically interrogates elegy's own origins as a genre, and which directly faces off Horatian lyric and Virgilian epic, as part of an ambitious claim to Augustan pre-eminence. But this is no moment of cultural submission. In Book 3, elegy's key themes of love, fidelity, and political independence are rebuilt from the beginning as part of a subtle critique of emerging Augustan mores. This book presents a series of readings of fourteen individual elegies from Propertius Book 3, including nostalgic love poems, an elegiac hymn to Bacchus, and an lament for Marcellus, the recently-dead nephew of Augustus.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Latin, Augustan, elegy, Propertius, Rome, love, politics, genre
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Language studies
Research Field:Latin and classical Greek languages
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Wallis, J (Dr Jonathan Wallis)
ID Code:122181
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-03
Last Modified:2018-12-03

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