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The Elegiac Passion: Jealousy in Roman Love Elegy

Ruth Rothaus Caston

Abstract

The passions were a topic of widespread interest in antiquity. This is a study on their role in Roman love elegy (1st c. BCE), a genre rife with passions and jealousy in particular. Jealousy does appear in a number of earlier genres, but never with the centrality and importance it has in elegy. This book offers an exceptional opportunity to investigate the ancient representation of jealousy in its Roman context, as well as its significance for Roman love elegy itself. The narrators portray themselves as poets and as experts of love, championing a view of love that stands in marked contrast to ... More

Keywords: jealousy, elegy, passions, philosophy, Stoic, Epicurean, fides, first-person narration, infidelity, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199925902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925902.001.0001

Authors

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Ruth Rothaus Caston, author
University of Michigan

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