Propertius: Elegies Book 4: Bk. 4

Propertius: Elegies Book 4: Bk. 4

By (author) Sextus Propertius , Edited by W. A. Camps

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In this edition of Propertius Book IV, Camps follows the general lines of his earlier edition of Book I (Cambridge, 1960). He has presented, without concealing difficulties and uncertainties, a fairly conservative but readable and coherent text, together with such annotation as may help the modern reader of Latin to understand the language and follow the thought of this difficult, much disputed, but very rewarding poet. While the book may be of interest to students and amateurs of Latin in general, the editor has had in mind the particular needs of undergraduates and of sixth forms. The notes are weighted differently from those in Butler and Barber's edition of 1933 and the text of that edition and from the Oxford text of 1960. As far as we know, this is the poet's last work. He has moved away from his earlier preoccupation with the theme of love and the eleven careful elegies that compose the present book are on a variety of subjects. Most are concerned with Roman antiquities. The last is an elaborate and celebrated epitaph on a lady of Roman nobility. But perhaps the poems likely to appeal most to a modern reader are the two in which Propertius recalls and exhibits in a new light, the figure of Cynthia, the declared inspiration of the elegies of Book I.

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 124 x 198 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • 18 Jun 2009
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521125995
  • 9780521125994

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