Following catullus lesbia poems propertius is the first of the latin erotic elegists proper and has a deep influence on ovid guy lees translation is fluent and flowing but doesnt really convey the texture of the latin originals. Sextus propertius sextus propertius greatest elegiac poet of ancient rome the first of his four books of elegies published in 29 bce is called cynthia after its heroine his mistress whose real name was hostia it gained him entry into the literary circle centring on maecenas. Sextus propertius was a latin elegiac poet of the augustan age he was born around 50 45 bc in assisium and died shortly after 15 bc propertius surviving work comprises four books of elegieshe was a friend of the poets gallus and virgil and with them had as his patron maecenas and through maecenas the emperor augustus. The most recognized source is propertius 5 whose elegies goethes friend karl ludwig von knebel was translating at the time goethe began to compose his romische elegien masks and metamorphoses the transformation of classical tradition in goethes romische elegien
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