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, 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 elegiac couplet quickly becomes a general form, not tied to any particular genre. This is how Catullus uses the form; his elegiac poems range from short, pithy epigrams like 85 and 93 to longer poems like 67, and their subje