The passionate and dramatic elegies of Propertius won him a name as one among Rome's most interesting love poets. right here he portrays the fascinating, asymmetric process his love affair with Cynthia and tells us a lot approximately his contemporaries and the society within which he lives, whereas in later poems he turns to mythological subject matters and the legends of early Rome. during this re-creation of Propertius, G. P. Goold solves a few longstanding questions of interpretation and offers us a devoted and fashionable prose translation. His explanatory notes and glossary/index supply regular suggestions and a wealth of information.
Born in Assisi approximately 50 BCE, Sextus Propertius moved as a tender guy to Rome, the place he got here into touch with a coterie of poets, together with Virgil, Tibullus, Horace, and Ovid. e-book of his first ebook introduced rapid acceptance and the unwavering aid of Maecenas, the influential shopper of the Augustan poets. He died probably in his mid-thirties, leaving us 4 books of elegies that experience attracted admirers during the ages.
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Deceived if she is wholly at thy command possess her, Ponticus, and straightway she steals with keener For then thou mayest not turn passion on thy soul. thine eyes where fancy guides; Love permits thee not to watch in any cause but hers, Love that lies hid until his hand hath pierced thee to the bone. 30 Whoe'er thou art, flee from the charms that urge To them hard flints and heart of oak their suit. might yield much more must thou, frail breath of Wherefore if thou feelest aught air that thou art.
Vilior Illyria? quicumque vento quolibet estj iste videtur, ire velis ? tune audire potes vesani murmnra ponti fortis, et in dura nave iacere potes ? tu pedibus teneris positas fulcire pruinas,' tu potes insolitas, Cynthia, ferre nives ? o utinam hibernae duplicentur tempora brumae, et sit iners tardis navita Vergiliis, nee tibi Tyrrhena solvatur funis harena, neve inimica mcas elevet aura preces atque ego non videam cum tibi provectas auferet unda rates, 1 20 ! tales subsidere ventos, pruiiias 5~ : ruiiias NAF.
Not that I doubt thee, for I know that thy virtue is well tried, but at Baiae all love's advances give cause for fear ; Pardon me, therefore, if my books have brought tuee aught of bitterness lay all the blame upon my fear. For I watch not over my beloved mother more tenderly than over thee, nor without thee M'ould life be worth a thought. 23 Thou only, Cynthia, art my home, thou only my parents, thou art each moment of my joy. " Only ; : 31 SEXTI PROPERTI ELRGIARVM LIBER modo quam primum tu corruptas desere Baias multis ista dabunt litora discidiuni, litora quae fuerant castis ipimica puellis I : : a pereant Baiae, crimen amoris, aquae 30 !