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- Propertius, Sextus 50?-15? B.C. Roman poet whose extant works include Cynthia, an elegy on his former lover.
“ For Horace's relations to Propertius see _Ep. _ ii. 2, 91-101, and under '_Propertius_,' p. 196.”
“In the years that followed Cleopatra's death, men such as Horace, Propertius and Virgil were on hand in Rome to celebrate the conquerors — especially Octavian — and deplore the conquered, especially Egypt's late ruler.”
“Ezra Pound's "creative translation" Homage to Sextus Propertius (1919) has done more than any other book to keep alive the poetry of Propertius.”
“Sure Virgil would have won – three times – and Horace, and Tibullus and Propertius and Sulpicia and Cicero and … well, everybody.”
“Many of our best classical texts have come down to us from these monastic scriptoria of the ninth century; practically all extant Latin poetry except Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius, and nearly all extant Latin prose except Varro, Tacitus, and Apuleius, were preserved for us by the monks of the Carolingian age.”
“Propertius discourses on the ways to identify love.”
“The irritated woman, after waiting up half the night for Propertius, believes that he has been out with a tart.”
“Propertius in his "Poem Three" -- Ms. Higgins gives us a generous helping of the lovely poem in translation (alongside the original Latin) -- is disappointed in Cynthia who, upon being rudely awakened, is no mythical heroine.”
“For 2,000 years we have all had the sage advice and time-proof directives of such notable classical writers -- so insightful about the sexes -- as Virgil, Propertius, Catullus and Horace.”
“On this principle they may as well accuse Caius Catullus for calling Clodia Lesbia, Ticidas for substituting the name Perilla for that of Metella, Propertius for concealing the name Hostia beneath the pseudonym of Cynthia, and Tibullus for singing of Delia in his verse, when it was Plania who ruled his heart.”
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