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The arts of Venus and Ars of Minerva in Propertius's elegies

Grant number: 16/16627-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2017
Effective date (End): July 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Literatures
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Paulo Martins
Grantee:Maria Ozana Lima de Arruda
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research has as its main objective to investigate the composition of the image of the puella in elegies of Sextus Propertius (c. 50 - 15 B.C.) concerning to two arts, Venus and Minerva. In this context, the art of Venus corresponds to the elegiac lover conduct; the art of Minerva (originally, art of spinning) corresponds to the adequate female conduct of a social point of view. Knowing that the Latin elegy explores individually and confronts such arts to characterize the puella, we examined more specifically this characterization and the dialog between these arts in Propertius's poems, exploring those aspects from the point of view of poetic genre (the elegy of amorous thematic), relating them with the roman society contemporaneous of the poet and eventually with a moral philosophy, or even the moral program of Octavius Augustus Principality. From Propertius' elegies, these aspects are analyzed also in poems of other Latin authors whose texts help us to comprehend the complex image of the puella, the two arts studied herein, art of Venus and art of Minerva, and the relation between them in composition of this image. (AU)

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ARRUDA, Maria Ozana Lima de. The Venus arts and the Minerva arts in the configuration of the elegiac puella of Propertius. 2019. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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