Propertius' four books of love-elegies (c. 32-12 BC) were produced during the heyday of Augustan literature. His poetry has been noted by modern critics for its striking forms of expression, sometimes tortured syntax, sudden transitions and abstruse allusiveness. Much of this "difficulty", Hubbard argues, may stem as much from the many impenetrable corruptions in our surviving, comparatively late manuscripts as from Propertius himself. For ancient critics, in contrast with the modern, read him as polished, elegant and amusing. This book presents a Propertius along these latter lines. The four central chapters of this volume deal broadly with the four books, but at the same time raise general issues, such as the unity of Propertius' oeuvre, or his self-acknowledged indebtedness to Callimachus. Throughout Hubbard analyses in detail both extended and shorter passages which are always given in both the original and in a no-nonsense prose translation. There emerges a reading of the poet which renders him immediately accessible to student and general reader, while providing insights equally challenging for specialists.
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Book Description Duckworth, 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 182pp. Red cloth hardback with DJ, VG, index, bibliography, Biography of Propertius, a Roman elegist of the first century B.C. known for his erotic and mythological poetry, Bookseller Inventory # w170323088
Book Description Duckworth, 1974., 1974. 1st edition. 8vo. viii + 182pp. B/w. frontispiece. Original red cloth with gilt device to upper board, d/w. faded to spine and slightly rubbed to edges. ISBN 0715606662 US$12. Bookseller Inventory # 140084
Book Description Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Very light shelfwear to book. DJ spine is sunned. With minor shelfwear. ; Classical Life and Letters; 182 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 15253
Book Description Duckworth, London, 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Minus. First Edition. Spine sunned. Owner detail to ffep. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 12569