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The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy
     

The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy

by Thea S. Thorsen
 

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In this volume leading international scholars offer a comprehensive, critical and engaging presentation of the genre of Latin love elegy. Opening with an outline of Greek elegy and Latin precursors, the volume challenges the conception of Gallus as the 'inventor' of Latin love elegy, highlights how Sulpicia, the only woman whose poetry is extant, makes the genre

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In this volume leading international scholars offer a comprehensive, critical and engaging presentation of the genre of Latin love elegy. Opening with an outline of Greek elegy and Latin precursors, the volume challenges the conception of Gallus as the 'inventor' of Latin love elegy, highlights how Sulpicia, the only woman whose poetry is extant, makes the genre unique in the history of Augustan literature in terms of gender, and provides fresh presentations of the canonical Latin elegists. Five chapters visit the world of Latin love elegy, the time, place and political background, the stock figures and the slavery of love and erotic campaigning. A whole section treats the limits of Latin love elegy, which seem to be inherent to the genre itself. Nevertheless, the volume closes with a series of investigations into the reception of Latin love elegy, which attests to its vital influence on the history of Western literature.

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"This collection is a worthy addition to the ongoing research and discussion on Latin love elegy, a genre that by no means has exhausted literary analysis, and that still provides valuable insights to Augustan Rome."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Devotees of the works of Propertius, Tibullus, Sulpicia, Ovid and the enigmatic Gallus will find much to celebrate in the two dozen contributions of this volume, which constitutes a true primer to a vast and challenging field of literary inquiry ... All students of Latin poetry and its afterlife will want to consult this volume."
R. Alden Smith, The Classical Review

"[Thorsen]'s Companion is a gem in a celebrated series. All students of Latin poetry and its afterlife will want to consult this volume."
Lee Fratantuono, The Classical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521765367
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2013
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.10(d)

Meet the Author

Thea S. Thorsen is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Classical Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is the author of Ovid's Early Poetry: From His Single Heroides to his Remedia Amoris (forthcoming) and editor of two volumes based on conferences which she initiated and co-organized: Greek and Roman Games in the Computer Age (2012) and Sappho at Rome: Receptions from Lucretius to Martial (with Stephen J. Harrison, forthcoming). She has published numerous articles on Greek and Roman poetry and prose, in Norwegian and in English, and she became the first person to have published translations of all of Ovid's love elegies into Norwegian verse (2001-9).

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