A Commentary on Propertius: Bk. 3

A Commentary on Propertius: Bk. 3

By (author) S. J. Heyworth , By (author) J. H. W. Morwood


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The most passionate, individual, and controversial of the Latin love elegists, Propertius in Book 3 covers a broad range of subject matter and a vast geographical reach. After books focused on his mistress Cynthia, he maintains his elegiac role but expands his range to provide a lover's commentary on life, discussing luxury, nudity, art, the empire, and the dangers of travel for profit and war. This detailed commentary uses the text recently published in the Oxford Classical Texts series, and sets out to build on the richness of the material in the book by providing clear introductions to the genres the poems explore - the Greek elegy of Callimachus, epic, tragedy, hymn and epigram - and to topics such as patronage, philosophy, and the images of love as slavery and as warfare.

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 22mm | 480.81g
  • 22 Jan 2011
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 5 maps
  • 019957149X
  • 9780199571499
  • 440,125

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S. J. Heyworth is Bowra Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Wadham College, Oxford J. H. W. Morwood is Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford

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Heyworth & Morwood have set a new standard for student-oriented commentaries. Classical Journal Online opens up Propertius overwhelming world to the newcomer with generosity and patience. Tara S. Welch, Bryn Mawr Classical Review H. has provided the classics world with remarkable treasures in his textual work on Propertius. ... We can be hopeful that the happy collaboration with Morwood with repeat for another book of elegies. Lee Fratantuono, Journal of Roman Studies

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