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Sextus Propertius - Propertius' Poetry, The Date of Propertius' Death, Latin Editions, Sources

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Latin elegiac poet, probably born in Asisium (Assisi), Italy. He travelled to Rome (c.34 BC), where he became a poet, winning the favour of Maecenas and Emperor Augustus. The central figure of his inspiration was his mistress, to whom he devoted the first of his four surviving books, Cynthia. Much of his work was published after his death, in Rome.

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