410 self as "the anti-hero" (pp. 16-37). The opening lines of El. I, 10, where the description of the golden era is given a personal touch through the addition of tunc mihi vita foret, is rightly viewed in the same light by Bright (pp. 13 f.). The final chapter (chapter nine) is much briefer than the other chapters. It is devoted to a discussion of 'the shape of Books I and II' and it offers a lucid and convincing analysis of the logical structure and the interrelationship of the two books and the elegies they contain (pp. 260-268). Although one sometimes gets the impression that Bright's study, with the exception of the last chapter, is much more detailed than necessary, one cannot but value his book, which is written in a very lucid style, as an important contribution to a better under- standing of the specific qualities of Tibullus' poetry, of his "iso- lationism", "selfmytholizing", of the "irony" and "the subtle network of symbols in the structure of his poems". It is, however, somewhat curious that, in a book in which so much emphasis is put on internal development in a poet's oeuvre, the question of chronol- ogy
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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