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Elegies

With parallel Latin text

Tibullus
Translated by A. M. Juster and introduction and notes by Robert Maltby

January 2012

ISBN: 9780199603312

176 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

Tibullus was one of the great Roman elegists, alongside Ovid and Propertius. His poems of love, addressed to his mistresses Delia and Nemesis and the boy Marathus portray idealism, anguish, and betrayal, newly translated into stylish English by A. M. Juster, with parallel Latin text, introduction, and notes by Tibullus scholar Robert Maltby.

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Tibullus was one of the great Roman elegists, alongside Ovid and Propertius. His poems of love, addressed to his mistresses Delia and Nemesis and the boy Marathus portray idealism, anguish, and betrayal, newly translated into stylish English by A. M. Juster, with parallel Latin text, introduction, and notes by Tibullus scholar Robert Maltby.

  • Tibullus is one of the three great Roman elegists, alongside Ovid and Propertius. His poems addressed to Delia, Nemesis, and the boy Marathus are here given in a faithful and stylish new translation.
  • Includes the facing Latin text.
  • The Introduction considers Tibullus' poems in the context of classical elegy and in particular the elegies of his contemporaries Ovid and Propertius, the three addressees of the poems, and the influence of his patron Messalla in the reign of Augustus.
  • Comprehensive notes explain topical, literary, and mythological allusions and identify major themes.

About the Author(s)

Tibullus

Translated by A. M. Juster and introduction and notes by Robert Maltby, Emeritus professor of Latin philology, University of Leeds

A. M. Juster is a poet and translator. His books include Longing for Laura (Birch Brook Press, 2001), The Secret Language of Women (University of Evansville Press, 2003), and Horace's Satires (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). He has won the Richard Wilbur Award, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award three times.

Robert Maltby taught at Sheffield before moving to the University of Leeds, where he held the Chair of Latin Philology until his retirement in 2010. His books include Latin Love Elegy (Bristol Classical Press, 1980), and Tibullus, Elegies: Text, Introduction and Commentary (Francis Cairns, 2002). His Introduction to Latin (Wiley/Blackwell USA)is forthcoming 2011.

Reviews

"Juster's translation reproduces Tibullus's verses in simple yet polished language, and it contains many creative and appealing turns of phrase." - The Classical Journal, Robert J. Ball

"A.M Juster's verse translation is clear and helpful ... an excellent introduction and notes" - Translation and Literature

"It is difficult to believe that they could possibly be better rendered into contemporary English." - Gilbert Wesley Purdy, Eclectica