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date: 01 December 2022

Consolatio ad Liviamlocked

Consolatio ad Liviamlocked

  • J. H. D. Scourfield

Extract

Consolatio ad Liviam, a poem of condolence in 474 elegiac lines, addressed to *Livia Drusilla, wife of Augustus, on the death of her son Nero *Claudius Drusus on campaign in Germany in 9 bce. It contains many of the commonplaces of ancient consolation. Date and authorship have been much discussed. The traditional ascription to *Ovid is clearly false, his imitator (as the poet is) not being equipped with his technical skills and imaginative power. Recent attempts at dating have set the piece variously in the principates of *Tiberius, *Claudius, and *Nero; some have seen it as a forgery, composed for propagandist purposes, but it may be simply a literary exercise, without hidden political intent. See consolation.

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  • Latin Literature

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