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Augustan Rome

THOMAS K. HUBBARD

in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520223813
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223813.003.0009
Augustan Rome

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The charges of sexual passivity and self-prostitution directed against the young Octavian are no more to be believed than those aimed at Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The Augustan age witnessed the rise of a romantically engaged type of pederastic poetry uncommon in the Republic, but more akin to Greek models. Suetonius transmitted the charges made against the young Octavian by his political rivals. A satirical poem which describes an abandoned mistress that exposes her former lover's secrets is shown here. The Priapea is an anonymous collection of epigrams delivered in the persona of the ithyphallic scarecrow god Priapus, who protected gardens against thieves and intruders. Tibullus' first book of elegiac poems are mostly heterosexual, three concern a beloved boy named Marathus. Propertius laments his desperate love sickness from a heterosexual affair. The Metamorphoses are a series of mythological stories involving transformations at the end.

Keywords: Augustan Rome; Suetonius; Priapea; Tibullus; Marathus; Propertius; Metamorphoses

Chapter.  14294 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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