Cynthia: A Companion to the Text of Propertius

Paperback | May 15, 2009

byS. J. Heyworth

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Propertius is a poet of the Augustan period, a successor of the great Hellenistic elegiac poets Callimachus and Philitas, and a precursor of Ovid. His account of his fictionalized affair with his beloved alter ego Cynthia is the purest expression of the spirit of love elegy, setting them as apair against war, epic, and (apparently) Augustus himself. This is an author read by virtually all students of Classical Latin. Cynthia provides a lucid attempt to understand and correct the many difficulties in the transmitted text. It consists of a commentary on the whole corpus, together witha prose translation (including alternative versions of ambiguous phrasing). In its clear exposition of technical problems, the book will serve as an introduction to Latin textual criticism in the modern age, and to elegiac poetic style.

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Propertius is a poet of the Augustan period, a successor of the great Hellenistic elegiac poets Callimachus and Philitas, and a precursor of Ovid. His account of his fictionalized affair with his beloved alter ego Cynthia is the purest expression of the spirit of love elegy, setting them as apair against war, epic, and (apparently) Aug...

S. J. Heyworth is Bowra Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Wadham College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:650 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567824

ISBN - 13:9780199567829

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