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Chapter 1 - ‘Ovid Was There and with Him Were Catullus, Propertius and Tibullus’

Transmission, Teaching and Receptions of Roman Love Elegy in the Renaissance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2019

Linda Grant
Affiliation:
Royal Holloway, University of London
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This chapter looks at the transmission history of Catullus and the elegists into the Renaissance and their surprising presence, given their reputation as ‘lascivious’ and ‘wanton’ , on the early modern humanist school curriculum. We consider florilegia and printed common-place books as the site where English school-boys, and some girls, first meet Latin elegy, and the institutionalised nature of imitatio as a foundational practice of writing. We then go on to look at the broad receptions of Catullus, Propertius, Ovid and Sulpicia across Renaissance Europe as a context for the close readings which follow.

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Print publication year: 2019

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