Sextus Propertius: The Augustan Elegist by Francis CairnsSextus Propertius: The Augustan Elegist by Francis Cairns

Sextus Propertius: The Augustan Elegist

byFrancis Cairns

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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In 30-15 BC Sextus Propertius composed at Rome four books of elegies which range from erotic to learned to political and exhibit an unparalleled richness of themes, concepts and language. This book investigates their sources and motives, examining Propertius' family background in Umbrian Asisium and tracing his career as he sought through poetry to restore his family's fortunes after the Civil Wars. Propertius' progress within the Roman poetic establishment depended on his patrons - Tullus, 'Gallus', Maecenas and Augustus. Initially his poetry was influenced radically by his elegiac predecessor C. Cornelius Gallus, arguably also the 'Gallus' who jointly patronised Propertius' first book. New heuristic techniques help to recover the impact on Propertius of Cornelius Gallus' (mainly lost) elegies. Propertius' subsequent move into Maecenas', and then Augustus', patronage had an equally powerful, ideological, impact; in his latter books he became (alongside Virgil and Horace) a major and committed Augustan voice.
Title:Sextus Propertius: The Augustan ElegistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.14 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117704

ISBN - 13:9780521117708


Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; 1. The Propertii; 2. The Volcacii Tulli and others; 3. 'Gallus'; 4. Gallan elegies, themes and motifs; 5. Gallan metrics I; 6. Gallan metrics II; 7. Propertius 1.20, Gallus, and Parthenius of Nicaea; 8. Maecenas; 9. The circle of Maecenas in Propertius 2.34; 10. Augustus; 11. A lighter shade of praise? Propertius 3.17 and 3.14; 12. Three Propemptika for 'Caesar'; Works cited; Indexes.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: '... there is an enormous amount of useful material here ... he (Cairns) offers useful stimuli to thought and argument.' Times Literary Supplement