By R. O. A. M. Lyne
This quantity provides quite a lot of items from a world-class Latinist which monitors either his different pursuits as a pupil and his constant problem with Augustan texts, their language and literary texture. the variety of articles, written over greater than 3 many years and together with one formerly unpublished piece, covers an identical attached territory - principally Virgil, Horace, and elegy. R. O. A. M. Lyne's constant procedure of shut examining signifies that the articles shape a coherent complete, whereas his compelling kind as an engaged literary analyst guarantees that those aren't dry or forbidding items.
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Rothstein ad loc. 69 Cf. above p. 4. 70 Instances of this force of languidus are cited by Rothstein ad loc. Propertius and Cynthia: Elegy 1. 3 21 open reproach of improbe and the contemptuously careless exaggerations of semper and iubes. me miseram, however, has a note of self-pity that prepares for the switch in tone that follows. At line 41, Cynthia in a change of tactics sinks to a tone of whining reproach full of self-pity. The allusion in 41 has been mentioned above—a rather incongruous assumption by Cynthia of a role of traditional and pathetic virtue.
The mention of the lover-poet’s own name (and perhaps the aural echoes of the Wrst line of the monobiblos) hold one while oculos cepisti expands in meaning via the ambiguity of capio and the especial signiWcance of ‘eyes’3 from ‘caught my eye’ to ‘won my heart’. And here, by moving out beyond the limits of the immediate situation to the ‘birth’ of their love-aVair, by directly connecting the two occasions, the poet underlines the way he is exploiting the poetic potentiality of ‘birthday’. Mortality I maintain indeed shadows this celebration; but it is the love-aVair’s ‘birthday’ which the ambiguity concerns.
Inherent in this is clearly the possibility of her waking, and, after the hints that have been given, the 53 See Enk’s commentary on line 24. 54 Cf. Catull. 65. 19 ‘missum sponsi furtiuo munere malum’, 68. 145 ‘furtiua munuscula’. 55 Cf. Ovid’s Nape in Am. 1. 11. 1 f. ‘colligere incertos et in ordine ponere crines j docta’. 56 The closest parallel I can Wnd is Tac. Agr. 39 ‘quorum habitus et crines in captivorum speciem formarentur’, which is rather diVerent. Propertius and Cynthia: Elegy 1. 3 17 prospect of the shattering of the idealistic dream.