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CLAC11H3 Lecture Notes - Mos Maiorum, Elegy, Catullus

Classical Studies
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Emilia Barbeiro

of 3
29 of april
Content similar to midterm: mp , fill in the blank, author identification(3), short answer(4)
o Fill in the blank: learn the words
o Last class: review and handouts missing
Elegy ( games of venus text)
Elegy: comes from elegas : designated a poem in the alegic cuplet
Pentameter: also called elegaiac couplet the one with the indented one is 5 feet
Genre : began in ionia
Elegy : was used for poems all different type of themes, motifs and
o Invective, eroctic, political and poets solen and calilcahus
The meter was diverse
What is the latin love elegy : it is about love : subjective and biographical
Latin elegy: distinct genre : distinct form in latin and no equilivent in greek
The genre : has reference to greek poetry :
Catullus :ancestor for the elegest : Catullus : poetry similar to elegest : girlfriend lesbian
Emphasis : on otium : leisure : shunning the life of citizen/ duties of rome in favior of litary and
sexual persuit
Topic : is love for the elegic poet : love is the soul and absolute experience : love is the center of
the elegeic experience : persuit of love : become live slavery
Servtium amoris : slvery of love
o Puele ( girl) domina ( (similar to new comedy)courtesian: prostitute : lower class : but
poet is elegic ( higher class but also slave to the poet)
o Elgic poet is poor : only poet : versus exchange for domina
o Domina; paraklausithryon crying through a closed door the domina doesn’t the lover
in so he shuts the door and he tries to come in crying ( similar to new comedy)
When an individual is shut out : he is an exclusus
o The elegiac: take pleasure from the pain : suffers 99% of the time but gets a love ; come
o Nequita: uslees ness and constant decgradion
o Renuntiato amoris: Elegiac: rare but somtime leaseves her and the rejection of love : but
it is only temporary
o Ideals his love but it is nothing like that
o In the persuit of love : he rejects a life as a soldier : ideal citizen that is a soldier
o Love : softness in elegy contrast to harshness of war
o Mos maiorum : tradition of the ancestors : romans are conservatives : motto of one’s
existence opposite of the elgeic poet/ lover
Cornellius Gallus: political individual : poetry can tell us about the poets life
Corpus tibullanium: body of tibulilus
Supisha : ovid impersonating her
Tubillus : has to dominie
Nemesis: roman god of revenge : she is impersonating agoddess
His work is know n of above all for the setting in the country side and he idealsizes them that all
warm and not corrupted by the city
o 2.4: epic( war as it’s topic) rejecting the heavy muse : light love peoetyr : Hellenistic
poetry : elgeic poetry
Laris ; household gods , embodiment of roman peity :
Tibullus : shewants me ot sell my house fine:
Propertius; ecstruian family,
But he fell into the circle of mycaneansu: part of scircle of famous peots
Died in 16 bc: 4 books of elegic : his domina is Cynthia :
Contius; mountain in delos : oracle : appollo : contius/ Cynthia: is associated to appollo : she si
musical :
Propertius : relaitnship with her: whole in inversion of life: otium ; cyntia;
Dreams of monogamous long relationship butshe is a courtesian : he imagines her as modest
but she is opposite : a women who indulges in poetry, a foreigh name is not modest : paradox of
perpeutious : he flees in to the life of..
o 2.9 :mythical exempla : incsitance from greek roman myth : that she should be like
o Latin is very difficult : he writes lating in greek grammer
Pomeian graffiti
o Brothal:
Ovid: prolific brilliant poet: wrote diadactic poet : teaches something
o Exiled from rome : idea of exile
o Elegy : poetic debut : latest poet in the elgic description :
o Poetry does contain some love; corinna : she comes and goes : likes 2 women
o He abondons this cloth : he plays with the motif for elegic poetry but stands back and
makes fun of it
o Peotic narrative pictures himself as the ring
o He imagines all the things he will do with the ring on his finger
o Motion : of the ring : inverts the gender role : he becomes the penetrated and she
beomces the penetrator : inversion of gender roels : generic inversion of elegic poetry :
the domina becomes and the elegic becomes :
o Gift to his domina : writing about the poem
o But with you naked : my member should leak with lust : first he was the ring : play the
man’s role ( erection )
o Letters; self referential : text talking about text
o Gift ot domina: poem is a tool to the domina : in the imaginative constriuction : the ring
and the finger but he as a male is being penetrated : elgic poetry : man is slave to
women : but when you take a bath: then I will play the man part