Albius Tibullus (1843 words)

  • Andreas Michalopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Tibullus is one of the four top elegiac poets of Rome. Ovid places him in the Canon of the Roman elegists (Tr. 4.10.51-4): “Vergilium vidi tantum, nec avara Tibullo / tempus amicitiae fata dedere meae. / successor fuit hic tibi, Galle, Propertius illi; / quartus ab his serie temporis ipse fui” [“Vergil I only saw, and to Tibullus greedy fate gave no time for friendship with me. Tibullus was thy successor, Gallus, and Propertius his; after them came I, fourth in order of time”, trans. A.L. Wheeler]. About a century later the rhetorician and literary critic Quintilian, in his brief reference to the genre of love elegy and its major exponents calls Tibullus “tersus atque elegans […

Michalopoulos, Andreas. "Albius Tibullus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2009
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