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- DescriptionIn Propertius: Poet of Love and Leisure , Alison Keith explores Propertius' elegiac poetry in the context of early imperial Roman society. Examining a variety of themes associated with both Propertian poetics (such genre theory, poetic models, the girlfriend, the rival) and the poet's social context within the early Augustan principate (such as Roman imperialism, the elite male cursus horum, Augustus' building projects) she offers a synthetic overview of Propertius' achievement in his four books of elegies. She considers the neglected relationship of rhetoric to Propertian elegiac poetics, as well as Propertius' debt to the classical literary tradition, and she explores themes in the corpus that reflect the Augustan imperial context in which Propertius lived and wrote.Arguing for neither a pro- r an anti-Augustanism on display in Propertian elegy, Keith brings to light the multiple ways in which Roman imperial rule, the new pax Augusta, and new forms of elite Roman political competition intersect in and inform Propertius' poetry. The volume aims to contribute to our understanding of both Latin literature and Augustan culture its sustained exploration of refractions of the Roman 'imperialist enterprise' in Propertius' elegiac poetry.
- Author BiographyAlison Keith is Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, University of Toronto. She is the author of The Play of Fictions: Studies in Ovid's Metamorphoses Book 2 (1992) and Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic in the Cambridge series 'Roman Literature and its Contexts' (2000), and has written extensively on the intersection of gender and genre in Latin literature.
- Author(s)A. M. Keith
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication10/11/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleClassical Literature and Society
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight324 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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