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The Ovidian love elegy in England

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This thesis begins by outlining the origins of the elegy as a literary form, passing from the fragmentary remains of the Greek elegy, and of Roman love—poets before Catullus, to a brief discussion of the poetry of Catullus, Propertius and the elegists of the Corpus Tibullianum, indicating in each case the main differences between the literary attitudes of these posts and those of Ovid. A detailed analysis is made of the Ovidian erotic code, as contained in the Amores,...

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DPhil
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University of Oxford
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