This is the OCR-endorsed publication from Bloomsbury for the Latin AS and A-Level (Group 3) prescription of Ovid's Amores 1.1 and 2.5, Propertius 1.1 and Tibullus 1.1 with the A-Level (Group 4) prescription of Ovid's Amores 2.7 and 2.8, Propertius 1.3 and 2.14 and Tibullus 1.3, giving full Latin text, commentary and vocabulary, with a detailed introduction that also covers the prescribed text to be read in English for A Level. Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid are our three main writers of Latin love elegy. The selected poems depict the bitter-sweet love affairs of the poet-lovers and their mistresses, from the heartbreak of rejection to the elation at love reciprocated. While Propertius's and Ovid's setting is the city and their poems show us such details of urbane Roman life as drinking parties and elaborate hair-dressing, Tibullus introduces the idyll of the countryside to the genre. Their sophisticated poems combine intense emotion with wit and irony, and celebrate the life of love and their mistresses, Propertius's Cynthia, Tibullus's Delia and Nemesis, and Ovid's Corinna.
This book contains Latin text, with translations and literary commentary, on seventeen poems by Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid. The selection has been chosen to represent each author's qualities and to encourage comparison and contrast between them. Guy Lee's translations, in English verse, reveal the poets' distinctive approaches: the stark intensity of Catullus; the challenging complexity of Propertius; and the witty, provocative, worldly poetry of Ovid. Joan Booth provides her own versions of the deceptively simple Tibullus and a running commentary on all the poems, which sets out to explain, suggest and question, ultimately prompting readers to their own informed critical judgements. The book is recommended for all those interested in Roman literature, whether reading love elegy in the original Latin or in English.
This book offers a representative selection of the three main exponents of Latin love elegy: Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid. A few elegiac poems by Catullus are included for purposes of comparison. The book includes a general introduction to the elegy, select bibliography, Latin text of twenty poems, and commentary to introduce each poem, notes, both grammatical and to aid literary analysis.
The three major Roman love poets - Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid - are celebrated for the ways in which they used social and historical contexts, as well as a highly developed sense of place and landscape, to inform their explorations of passion and desire. These writers pursued both men and women, and expressed romantic attachments to the bucolic countryside as well as to the city of Rome. At the same time, they initiated a vibrant exchange with other genres and authors, and explored the art of writing as much as the experience of love itself. This new and attractive survey of a genre that is often called elegy - because of its metre - discusses the poets and their writings against the turbulent backdrop of the Augustan age (31 BCE-14 CE). It examines the literary origins of Latin elegy, highlights the poets' key themes and traces their reception by later writers and readers. Introducing the chief Latin elegists, as well as these poets' main sources of inspiration (Catullus, Cornelius Gallus and earlier Greek elegists like Euphorion of Chalcis), the book shows that love elegy is the defining genre of Roman poetry.
Author: Jennifer Ingleheart
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2014-06-10
Genre: Literary Collections
Introductory essays by Jennifer Ingleheart discuss Ovid's historical and literary context, and offer an overview of the Amores as a whole. In addition, each poem is accompanied by an exploratory essay. The Latin text is supplied, and at the back of the book are extensive language and explanatory notes. All words not included in the GCSE Defined Vocabulary List are glossed.
Author: Barbara K. Gold
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-04-25
Genre: Literary Criticism
A Companion to Roman Love Elegy is the first comprehensive work dedicated solely to the study of love elegy. The genre is explored through 33 original essays thatoffer new and innovative approaches to specific elegists and the discipline as a whole. Contributors represent a range of established names and younger scholars, all of whom are respected experts in their fields Contains original, never before published essays, which are both accessible to a wide audience and offer a new approach to the love elegists and their work Includes 33 essays on the Roman elegists Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Sulpicia, and Ovid, as well as their Greek and Roman predecessors and later writers who were influenced by their work Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in Roman elegy from scholars who have used a variety of critical approaches to open up new avenues of understanding
The Roman Poetry of Love explores the formation of a key literary genre in a troubled historical and political setting. The short-lived genre of Latin love elegy produced spectacular, multi-faceted and often difficult poetry. Its proponents Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid remain to this day some of the most influential poetic voices of Western civilisation. This accessible introduction combines aesthetic analysis with socio-political context to provide a concise but comprehensive portrait of the Roman elegy, its main participants and its cultural and political milieu. Focusing on a series of specific poems, the title portrays the development of the genre in the context of the Emperor Augustus' ascent to power, following recognizable threads through the texts to build an understanding of the relationship between this poetry and the increasingly totalising regime. Highlighting and examining the intense affectation of love in these poems, The Roman Poetry of Love explores the works not simply as an expression of a troubled male psychology, but also as a reflection of the overwhelming changes that swept through Rome and Italy in the transition from the late Republic to the Augustan Age.
This collection focuses on a woman's point of view in love poetry, and juxtaposes poems by women and poems about women to raise questions about how femininity is constructed. Although most medieval 'woman's songs' are either anonymous or male-authored lyrics in a popular style, the term can usefully be expanded to cover poetry composed by women, and poetry that is aristocratic or learned rather than popular. Poetry from ancient Greece and Rome that resonates with the medieval poems is also included here. Readers will find a range of voices, often echoing similar themes, as women rejoice or lament, praise or condemn, plead or curse, speak in jest or in earnest, to men and to each other, about love.
Author: Sharon Lynn James
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2003-02-20
Genre: Literary Criticism
This study transforms our understanding of Roman love elegy, an important and complex corpus of poetry that flourished in the late first century b.c.e. Sharon L. James reads key poems by Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid for the first time from the perspective of the woman to whom they are addressed—the docta puella, or learned girl, the poet's beloved. By interpreting the poetry not, as has always been done, from the stance of the elite male writers—as plaint and confession—but rather from the viewpoint of the women—thus as persuasion and attempted manipulation—James reveals strategies and substance that no one has listened for before.
Author: Cara Jordan
Release Date: 2015-01-29
Love, or amor as the Romans called it, is universal. Time has not diminished the ability of ancient love poems to speak to every reader who has loved and lost. The authors featured in this volume of amores (love affairs), Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus, Sulpicia, and Ovid, have left us an enduring legacy and record of their passions, joys and sorrows, loves and losses, faithfulness and betrayal. Their poems were written during the latter half of the 1st century BCE and the early years of the 1st century CE when love poetry reached its climax in Rome. This selection of poems, which is meant for the general reader and assumes little to no knowledge of ancient literature, is by no means comprehensive. These pieces, presented here in chronological order, provide an overview of the evolution of this literary genre through works that are the most universal, celebrated, and interesting for the modern reader. The translations are as faithful to the original texts as possible while also ensuring that the beauty of the poems is not sacrificed. This volume focuses on the pleasure of reading, and, hopefully, will whet the reader's appetite for more Latin love poetry.
Ovid (c. 43 BC - AD 17), a daring, original and passionate poet, has been an enduring influence on later poets. Amores is the work that first made Ovid famous, and infamous. A scandal in its day, and probably in part responsible for Ovid's banishment from Rome, Amores lays bare the intrigues and appetites of high society in the imperial capital at the time of Caesar Augustus. Clandestine sex, orgies and entertainments, fashion and violence, are among the subjects Ovid explores: the surface dazzle and hidden depths, secret liaisons and their public postures. This new translation by Tom Bishop closely follows the movement and metre of Ovid's verse, rendering his world of love, licentiousness and conspiracy so as to catch Ovid's raciness. His introduction sets the work in historical context.