CLAS 3312 Roman Love Elegy (Fall: 3 )
We will trace the rise and fall of Roman Love Elegy, a literary genre with lasting impact on our modern idea of poetry. We'll find the origins of elegy in the poems of Catullus before seeing the genre truly emerge in the poetic books of Propertius and Tibullus. As we read, we will discuss the characteristics, themes, and techniques of this new poetic tradition and ask why elegy grew into a dominant poetic genre at Rome when it did. We'll end with Ovid's ingenious poetry, which shows elegy at its pinnacle but also destroys the genre for centuries to come.
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