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A Roman bedroom

 

No other genre of poetry is as crucial to understanding Roman society in the first century BCE as elegy, or love poetry.

     In the persona of the poet-lover, Roman authors were able to address topics like relations between men and women as well as the place of Rome within her empire.

     In this course we will survey of the erotic poetry of Propertius and Tibullus from various perspectives:  as first-person expressions of desire, as the fictions of poets, and as gestures within the larger genre of elegy.  Ultimately, we will consider the question of why "I" plus "you" plus "love" usually equals poetry.


Objectives.
 

The specific goals for this course are as follows:

  • to explore the genre of Roman elegy;
  • to study the works of Propertius and Tibullus; and
  • to engage advanced Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

Furthermore, students will draw upon universal skills of critical reading and thinking, and will communicate these skills both in class and in written exercises.

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