A. M. Juster, New Formalist poet and translator of a diverse range of Latin poets from Horace to Aldhelm, offers in this volume the first poetic translation into modern English of the late antique Elegies of Maximianus. Maximianus himself is a rather shadowy figure whose exact dates, full name, and social milieu all remain elusive. The current scholarly consensus is that the poet lived in sixth-century Italy, as his references to residences at Rome (1.63) and Etruria (5.5; 5.40), to the philosopher Boethius (3.48), and to a war-time embassy to Constantinople (5.1–4) all fit within the context of Ostrogothic or early Byzantine Italy. The Elegies themselves are perhaps more puzzling. Aptly...
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Book Review| June 01 2020
Review: The Elegies of Maximianus, edited and translated by A. M. Juster
A. M. Juster and Michael Roberts.
The Elegies of Maximianus.
University of Pennsylvania Press,
2018. 240 pp. ISBN 9780812249798. $65.00
Studies in Late Antiquity (2020) 4 (2): 246–250.
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Sean Tandy; Review: The Elegies of Maximianus, edited and translated by A. M. Juster. Studies in Late Antiquity 1 June 2020; 4 (2): 246–250. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2020.4.2.246
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