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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