The Amatory Elegies of Johannes Secundus


This volume contains the first translation into English of all the major love poetry of the Renaissance neo-Latin poet Johannes Secundus and the first detailed critical appreciation of the first two books of his Elegies and the Elegiae Sollemnes. The book consists of an introduction (on the poet's life and works, characters in and dating of the amatory elegies, literary background etc.), facing Latin text and English translation of the Elegies, brief explanatory notes and full essays of appreciation, an appendix with a translation into English of the Basia and Epithalamium, and an index. This work contains extensive amounts of valuable information about Secundus' models, wit, style, sound, diction, placement, structure, manipulation of characters and themes, generic innovation etc. and facilitates a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance love poet.


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Biographical Note

Paul Murgatroyd, Ph.D., London University, is Professor of Classics at McMaster University. He has published extensively on love poetry and Latin literature. Three of his books are commentaries on Latin elegy, and two consist of translations and original compositions in Latin verse.

Review Quote

' ...Paul Murgatroyd’s work must be warmly welcomed because it offers not only a reliable text but also a new English translation, the first complete one, and an extensive commentary on Secundus two books of love elegies and the three so-called ‘ceremonial elegies…Murgatroyd’s excellent commentaries help us to savor the wit, ingenuity, and creativity of Janus Secundus.’ Eckhard Bernstein, Seventeenth-Century News, 2001.

Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1. Life and Works of Johannes Secundus 2. Characters and dating of the amatory elegies 3. The literary background 4. Overall structure of the amatory elegies 5. The text, translation, notes and essays Text and Translation Ioannis Secundi Hagiensis, “Elegiarum liber primus, cui titulus Iulia” Elegiae Sollemnes Tres Jo. Secundi Hagiens., “Elegiarum liber secundus” Notes and Essays Appendix Bibliography Index


Those teaching and taking comparative literature, and all scholars and students interested in Latin elegy, neo-Latin verse, love poetry in general, the Classical tradition and the Renaissance.