Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry: An Anthology of New Translations

2nd Edition

Diane J. Rayor, William W. Batstone

Published October 2, 2018
Reference - 428 Pages
ISBN 9781138857803 - CAT# Y177578

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Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry, first published almost 25 years ago, offered students accurate and poetic translations of poems from the sudden flowering of lyric and elegy in Rome at the end of the Republic and in the first decades of the Augustan principate. Now updated in this second edition, the volume has been re-edited with both revised and new translations and an updated commentary and bibliography for readers in a new century, ensuring that this much-valued anthology remains useful and relevant to a new generation of students studying ancient literature and western civilization. The volume features an expanded selection of newly translated poetry including:

  • fresh Catullus translations, with a greater selection including Poem 64
  • fresh Sulpicia translations and the five poems of the "Garland of Sulpicia"
  • six new Propertius poems
  • new and revised selections from Tibullus, Ovid and Horace.

The second edition reflects changing interests and modes of reading while remaining true to the power of the poetry that has influenced the literature of many cultures. The combination of accurate and vibrant translations with thorough commentary makes this an invaluable anthology for those interested in poetry, world literature, Roman civilization, and the history of ideas and sexuality, allowing readers to compare different poets' responses to politics, love and sex, literary innovation, self, and society.


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