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Title: Lo scenario urbano nella letteratura erotica latina
Authors: Sommariva, Grazia
Keywords: urbanitas; rusticitas; latin love elegy; epigrams; ancient comedy; ancient novel; Catullus; Tibullus; Ovid; Petronius; ancient philosophy;urbanitas; rusticitas; elegia erotica latina; epigramma; commedia classica; romanzo antico; Catullo; Tibullo; Ovidio; Petronio; filosofia antica
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Sette Città
Source: Grazia Sommariva, Lo scenario urbano nella letteratura erotica latina, in B. Bini - V. Viviani (edd.), Le forme del testo e l’immaginario della metropoli, Viterbo, 2009, pp. 63-71
A survey of the classic issue 'urbanitas' versus 'rusticitas' applied to love in Latin comedy, epigrammatic poetry, elegy and novel. The prominence of the city in late republican and Augustan poetry is grounded on the philosophical debate about human civilization and progress promoted by Lucretius, the epicurean poet who was critic about the moral shortcomings of modern urban society. Inspired by the lucretian speculation on progress, Vergilius (in eclogue X), the elegists, and especially Tibullus (in elegy II 3), explore the close connection existing between love and urban background, while Ovid praises Rome as the city of love and Venus’ realm.
ISBN: 978-88-7853-142-0
Rights: If not otherwise stated, this document is distributed by the Tuscia University Open Archive under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution - Noncommercial - Noderivs License (
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