P. Lowell Bowditch, PhD

P. Lowell Bowditch, PhD P. Lowell Bowditch teaches a wide range of language and literature courses on epic, tragedy, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and the Augustan era at the University of Oregon. Bowditch received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley and her PhD in comparative literature from Brown University. Her research focuses on the interface between literature and socio-political relations, with a particular emphasis on literary patronage and issues of gender and sexuality in the Augustan poets. Bowditch is the author of Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage (Los Angeles and Berkeley, 2001), A Propertius Reader: Eleven Selected Elegies (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2014) and of articles on Ovid, Propertius, Horace and issues of translation.

P. Lowell Bowditch, PhD's Books

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  • A Propertius Reader: Eleven Selected Elegies

    Author: P. Lowell Bowditch
    Product Code: 7230
    ISBN: 978-0-86516-723-0

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    The erotic elegy of Propertius reveals the work of a consummate artist, one who deftly weaves public themes into the emotional experiences of a first-person narrator. The poems in this selection reflect an evolution from a private focus on erotic love to more public and political themes, charting a gradual if ambiguous accommodation to the interests of the Augustan regime. Compelling portraits of passion are entwined with varied features of Rome’s momentous historical transition from republic to empire: the trauma of recent civil wars, nostalgia for an irrecoverable past, the stirrings of social legislation, and the opulence of foreign luxuries from trade and conquest. Selections also display Propertius’s innovative treatment of gender and the psychology of desire, and provide insight into the origins of Western attitudes toward erotic feeling.