The Pseudo-Ovidian Consolatio ad Liviam de Morte Drusi: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary
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Bailey, Walker Christian
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This thesis constitutes a fresh treatment of the first third (vv. 1-127) of the Consolatio ad Liviam, a Latin elegy of unknown date and authorship which seeks to console the wife of Augustus, Livia, on the death of her second son, Drusus, in 9 BC. The commentary places a special emphasis on the Ovidian nature of the poem, particularly the manner in which the poet seems to utilize erotic Ovidian imagery to describe Livia's love for her lost son and the poet's strange admixture of masculine and feminine encomiastic terms to describe Livia, a phenomenon closely matched in Ovid's letters Ex Ponto.