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Plato, Republic, Book 3, section 390e (search)
“By no means.” “Then they must not chant: Gifts move the gods and gifts persuade dread kings. unknownSuidas s.v.DW=RA says that some attributed the line to Hesiod. Cf. Euripides Medea 964, Ovid, Ars Am. iii. 653, Otto, Sprichw. d. Rom. 233. Nor should we approve Achilles' attendant PhoenixSee his speech, Iliad ix. 515 ff. as speaking fairly when he counselled him if he received gifts for it to defend the Achaeans, but without gifts not to lay aside his wrath; nor shall we think it proper nor admit that AchillesCf. Iliad xix. 278 ff. But A<
Sulpicia, Carmina Omnia (ed. Anne Mahoney), section 1 (search)
elegiac couplets and they are about love. Gaius Cornelius Gallus (roughly 69 BC - 26 BC) is generally considered the first important writer of love elegy, although his works do not survive. After him, Propertius and Tibullus wrote collections. Ovid's Amores follow the generic conventions established by these poets; his Ars Amatoria, Heroides, and other elegiac poems expand the limits of the genre. There are no more significant poets in this style after Ovid. While the poems of Tibullus, POvid. While the poems of Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid are relatively long (typically 20 to 100 lines), Sulpicia's are quite short, not unlike some of the shorter elegiac poems of Catullus (for example, 70, 75, 85, 87, and perhaps 76). In Rome as well as in Greece, the elegiac couplet was originally used for short poems, including epigrams for dedications or on funeral monuments (ROL epitaph 10, 135 BC). Greek poets were writing longer poems in this metrical form, however, as early as Tyrtaeus in the seventh century BC, and the
C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Tiberius (ed. Alexander Thomson), Remarks on Tiberius (search)
he progress of science throughout the empire, and literature languished during the present reign, in the same proportion as it:had flourished in the preceding. It is doubtful' whether such a change might not have happened in some degree, even had the government of Tiberius been equally mild with that of his predecessor. The prodigious fame of the writers of the Augustan age, by repressing emulation, tended to a general diminution of the efforts of genius for some time; while the banishment of Ovid, it is probable, and the capital punishment of a subsequent poet, for censuring the character of Agamemnon, operated towards the farther discouragement of poetical exertions. There now existed no circumstance to counterbalance these disadvantages. Genius no longer found a patron either in the emperor or his minister; and the gates of the palace were shut against all who cultivated the elegant pursuits of the Muses. Panders, catamites, assassins, wretches stained with every crime, were the con