3. Propertius

  1. Barbara K. Gold
  1. W. R. Johnson

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241165.ch3

A Companion to Roman Love Elegy

A Companion to Roman Love Elegy

How to Cite

Johnson, W. R. (2012) Propertius, in A Companion to Roman Love Elegy (ed B. K. Gold), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241165.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Hamilton College, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330373

Online ISBN: 9781118241165



  • Propertius;
  • meanings of Cynthia;
  • Propertius' Cynthia, identified as Hostia;
  • Propertius' personal erotic code;
  • Cynthia, textual creature, a generic construction;
  • meaning of Maecenas;
  • raptures, abandoned for an apology;
  • ironic erotic;
  • Propertius, and erotic ideology;
  • freedom from convention


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Meanings of Cynthia

  • The Meaning of Maecenas

  • The Ironic Erotic

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading

  • Bibliography