Propertius (Sextus Propertius)
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A. Life and work

Sextus P., elegiac poet of the Augustan Age, was born in Umbria, probably at Assisi, between 49 and 47 BC. As there is no reference in his poetry to any year later than 16 BC, it is likely that he died in that year or in 15 BC. His family was of equestrian rank, but suffered as a result of the land confiscations after the Perusine War (41/40 BC). After coming to Rome as a young man, P. joined the circle of Maecenas, probably in 28 BC, after he published his first book of elegies under the name Cynthia (of…

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Scioli, Emma, “Propertius (Sextus Propertius)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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