L’influsso della tragedia attica sull’elegia di Properzio

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The influence of Attic tragedy on Properzio's elegy

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The article surveys the influence of Greek tragedy on Propertius, particularly in relation to the following aspects: 1) Prop. I, 15. The main literary model is here the third episode of Euripides' Trojans, not only in the construction of the characters of Cynthia (= Helen) and Propertius (= Menelaus), but also in the peculiar structure of this elegy (highly dramatized) and in the recurrence of several themes (already present in the Euripidean text). 2) Prop. 2,34. Arguments are put forward in favor of identifying the senex of v. 30 with Aeschylus. In ancient criticism, starting from Aristophanes to the Augustan poets or rhetoricians and beyond, Aeschylus, with his propensity for military subjects and strong ethical values, is the representative par excellence of the epic-tragic genre, as opposed to Euripides, who was perceived as a precursor of the ideals of the Hellenistic leptotes. A correct reading of this elegy reveals Propertius' distaste for Aeschylus, regarded as an inadequate model in love poetry, not only for his inflated style, but also for having excluded "Aphrodites" from the subjects of his plays (as already highlighted by Aristophanes in Ran. 1043-1047).
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The influence of Attic tragedy on Properzio's elegy
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationI generi letterari in Properzio: modelli e fortuna
EditorsR. Cristofoli, C. Santini G. Bonamente
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series



  • Propertius 1,15
  • Propertius 2,34
  • Propertius and Aeschylus
  • Propertius and Euripides
  • Properzio 1.15
  • Properzio 2.34
  • Properzio ed Eschilo
  • Properzio ed Euripide

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