The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age

The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age : Horace and the Elegiac Poets

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William Young Sellar (1825-1890) was a classical scholar who specialised in the study of Roman poetry. After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1843 he held assistant professorships in various universities before being appointed Professor of Humanities at Edinburgh University in 1863, a post which he held until his death. This volume, first published posthumously in 1891, discusses the forms and development of Roman poetry in the reign of Augustus (43 BCE-14 CE); it was intended as a companion to his 1877 book on Virgil, also reissued in this series. Sellar provides a detailed discussion of Horace's many literary styles in their historical context, discusses the development of Roman elegy from early Greek forms, and analyses the works of Ovid in detail. Sellar's meticulous interpretations led to this volume becoming the standard authority on the development of Roman poetry in the early Roman Empire.
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  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Cambridge Library Collection
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 110802100X
  • 9781108021005
  • 2,335,108

Table of contents

Editor's preface W. P. Ker; Memoir of W. Y. Sellar Andrew Lang; Horace: 1. Life and personal characteristics of Horace; 2. The Satires; 3. Horace as a moralist; 4. Horace as a literary critic; 5. Horace as a lyrical poet - the Epodes; 6. Horace as a lyrical poet - the Odes; The Elegiac Poets: 1. Roman elegy; 2. Gallus, Tibullus, Lygdamus, Sulpicia; 3. Propertius: life and personal characteristics; 4. The art and genius of Propertius; 5. Ovid.
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