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SLENDER VERSE: ROMAN ELEGY AND ANCIENT RHETORICAL THEORY BY A.M. KEITH Horace’s famous criticism of Lucilius’ hexameters, that if you were to remove the fixed rhythms and rearrange the words you would not find the limbs even of a dismembered poet ( non … invenias etiam disiec- ti membra poetae

S.L. James

this same kind of casual attitude toward legitimate wedlock in playful Roman elegy, a genre that regularly marks its opposition to the institution of marriage. 10) Elegy hardly bothers to distinguish among contubernium, de facto marriage, concubinage, and the kinds of long-term contracted

Kamila Wyslucha


Athenian elites of the late fifth century BC rebelled against aulos-playing as part of the school curriculum and launched a socio-cultural campaign against the instrument. Echoes of this ‘anti-aulos’ crusade reverberated in literature in the centuries to follow as motifs of hostility towards aulos music. Ovid (Fasti 6.657-710) and Propertius (2.30b) engage in this discourse, largely disregarding the motives of the Athenians for spurning the instrument; instead they embed the rejection myths in their poetical programmes in the context of their precarious relationship with Augustan authority. This paper argues that while both poets oppose the rejection of the doublepipes, they do so for entirely different reasons. Although the negative image of the aulos is present in Latin literary sources, it is largely disconnected from the substantial role of the instrument in Roman musical culture.


Hans-Christian Günther

This comprehensive study deals with the major critical problems of one of the most difficult authors of Latin literature. It examines in a systematic fashion the two major factors which have been assumed to be responsible for the state of the transmitted text of Propertius: dislocation and interpolation. It also covers a large number of notorious cases of verbal corruption and discusses problems of the manuscript tradition on the basis of the most recent research. Beyond questions of textual criticism and history in the narrow sense the book provides also important exegetical remarks on many Propertian passages and deals in a separate chapter with problems of book and poem structure.

J.H. Brouwers

in showing convincingly "how complex and highly wrought Tibullan elegy is" (p. 209). In his conclusion Cairns once more brings the question of the origin of Roman elegy up for discussion. It is his point of view that there has been a subjective Hellenistic elegy, as a direct precursor of Roman elegy


Paul Murgatroyd

This book analyses the mythical and legendary narratives in Ovid's Fasti as narrative and concentrates on the neglected literary aspects of these stories. It combines traditional tools of literary criticism with more modern techniques (taken especially from narratology and intertextuality).
From a narratological viewpoint it covers important features such as aperture, closure, characterization, internal narrators, description, space, time and cinematic technique. On the intertextual level it examines the narratives' complex relationship with Virgil, Livy and Ovid's own earlier works.
Recent criticism on the Fasti has addressed various elements (religious, historical, political, astronomical etc.), but detailed narrative study has been wanting. This book fills that gap, to provide a more informed and balanced appreciation of this multifaceted poem aimed at classicists and literary critics in general (for whom all the Latin is translated).

William R. Nethercut

. Highet, Poets in a Landscape (New York 1957), 74-105. 3) R. J. Baker, Propertius III I, i-6 again. Intimations of Immortality?, Mnem. IV 21 (1968), 35-39. 4) On the first five elegies of Book III as variations of the recusatio, see W. R. Nethercut, The Ironic Priest: Propertius' Roman Elegies, III. I-5

D. Thomas Benediktson

'). his statement that such catalogues are nonexistent in Greek is near- ly accurate; I have noted only Theocritus 8, 53-54, where the winds are combined with Croesus and Pelops. But, evidently revealing the influence of Catullus' example, such catalogues become com- mon in Roman elegy. Good examples in

Gregorio Rodríguez Herrera

associated and very com- mon in the erotic Roman elegy, the presents of love and the avaricious mistress (ll. 11-14), the text concludes with an exsecratio . The line under discussion is the pentameter et manibus dura frigus habere pila , and more speciŽ cally, the phrase dura . . . pila . 6 ) The scholars

Konrad Kokoszkiewicz

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