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The Poems


Translated with notes by Guy Lee
Introduction by Oliver Lyne

30 July 2009

ISBN: 9780199555925

240 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99


Of all the great classical love poets, Propertius is surely one of those with most immediate appeal for the twentieth-century reader. His poetry centres on a helpless infatuation for his sinister mistress, Cynthia, and it is analysed with a tormented but witty grandeur in all its changing moods - from ecstasy to suicidal despair.

About the Author(s)


Translated with notes by Guy Lee, Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge
Introduction by Oliver Lyne, Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford


"Sensual, bitchy, soppy, satirical, this great sequence of love-hate poems lives again in Lee's vivid versions. Not just a scintillating survey of erotic agony and ecstacy, but a witty glimpse of the smart set in Rome." - New Statesman & Society