Propertius: A Hellenistic Poet on Love and Death

Propertius: A Hellenistic Poet on Love and Death

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The bond between love and death has long been recognised as a defining characteristic of the elegies of Propertius, but scholars have rarely clarified how or to what degree Propertius differed from other love poets in associating these themes. In this book, Dr Papanghelis traces the radical way in which Propertius dealt with amorous and morbid fantasies in his poems. He argues that the modes of erotic expression used in the elegies are fundamentally unconventional, to the point that the definitions of love and death are interdependent. This book offers a detailed reading of some of the most stimulating and problematic of Propertius' elegies, offering fresh insight on the question of the poet's sensuous temperament and the significance of the love-death relationship in his works.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139245333
  • 9781139245333

Table of contents

Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Introductory; 2. nostis puer haesit ocellis: the lessons of 1.19; 3. in amore mori: witches and lovers; 4. in amore mori: the shipwreck; 6. in amore mori: crime passionnel; 7. in amore mori: minor instances in Book 2; 8. Strange beauty: a reading of 4.7; Bibliography; Indexes.
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