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A. Biography

S. was a Latin poet of the Augustan period (late 1st cent. BC). The daughter of Servius Sulpicius Rufus and Valeria, she was active in the poetic circle of her uncle, Valerius Messalla Corvinus. Six elegies of the Corpus Tibullianum are attributed to her, having long been taken for the work of Tibullus.

B. Work

The elegies of S. (Corpus Tibullianum 3,13–18) present a series of messages of love addressed to a man named Cerinthus. They form an appendix Tibulliana together with the elegies of Lygdam…

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Sannicandro, Lisa, “Sulpicia”, 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 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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