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The Poems

Oxford World's Classics

By (author) Sextus Propertius
Translated by Guy Lee
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 23rd Jul 2009
Dimensions: w 130mm h 196mm d 13mm
Weight: 183g
ISBN-10: 0199555923
ISBN-13: 9780199555925
Barcode No: 9780199555925
Of all the great classical love poets, Propertius (c. 50-10 BC) is surely one of those with most immediate appeal for readers today. His helpless infatuation for the sinister figure of his mistress Cynthia forms the main subject of his poetry and is analysed with a tormented but witty grandeur in all its changing moods, from ecstasy to suicidal despair. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Sensual, bitchy, soppy, satirical, this great sequence of love-hate poems lives again in Lee's vivid versions. Not just a scintillating survey of erotic agony and ecstacy, but a witty glimpse of the smart set in Rome. * New Statesman & Society *