Lucan’S Elegiac Moments

In: Brill's Companion to Lucan

Abstract

In this article, I explore correspondences between Propertius Book IV and Lucan. In Propertius IV, the range of female characters is quite varied, and the women have connections to war, politics, and marriage in ways that the elegiac mistress of earlier books did not. The issue of fides is central, and concerns not just relations between man and woman, but between individual and state. It’s fruitful to compare this with the position of women in Lucan’s epic, where the tension between different loyalties is especially pertinent to a story of civil war.

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