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The Roman Poetry of Love


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Introduction Political Turbulence and Literary Innovation: A Genre is Born in Rome Dream and Desire: Tibullus at a Crossroads Propertius Unbound: A Latin Lover at Rome Love-games and Power-games: Ovid and the Politics of Desire Nomadic Love in Ovid's Amores Further Reading Index

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A concise introduction to Latin love elegy in Augustan Rome, and its politics of love, gender, artistic subversion and creativity.

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Efrossini Spentzou is Senior Lecturer in Latin Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.


This is an introduction to Latin love elegy with an edge. By highlighting the emotions expressed in the poems, Efi Spentzou takes us beyond the mere techniques of poetical composition into the imaginary world of the elegiac lover and sets it in its turbulent historical context, the second half of the first century BCE. By close readings she examines how each poet responds to the times, leaving the reader with a sharper appreciation of the relationship of the poetry to the age and the differences between the poets within the conventions of the genre. -- Alan Beale teaches Latin at Newcastle University, UK, directs the Durham Latin and Greek Summer School, and is joint reviews editor for the Journal of Classics Teaching.
The author's own passion for Roman love poetry clearly comes through in this elegant and erudite libellus. -- Genevieve Liveley, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Bristol University, UK
A stylish and pioneering study, provocative and informative in equal measure. Spentzou shows us how and why Roman elegy still richly repays its readers. -- Roger Rees, Reader in Latin, University of St Andrews, UK.

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