Propertius 1.22

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Read by Professor Kathleen Coleman

Professor of Classics, Harvard University

(July 14, 1997. Boylston Recording Studios.

Jeff Martini, audio engineer.)




Propertius 1.22
QVALIS et unde genus, qui sint mihi, Tulle, Penates,
quaeris pro nostra semper amicitia.
si Perusina tibi patriae sunt nota sepulcra,
(Italiae duris funera temporibus,
cum Romana suos egit discordia ciuis,)
sic mihi praecipue puluis Etrusca dolor.
tu proiecta mei perpessa es membra propinqui,
tu nullo miseri contegis ossa solo.
proxima supposito contingens Vmbria campo
me genuit terris fertilis uberibus.

Some notes by Kathleen Coleman
Line 1 'Tulle': The poem is cast in the form of a reply to a question from Propertius' friend 'Tullus' about his place of origin.

Line 10 'Vmbria': Propertius came from the fertile plain of Umbria beneath the hill-town of Perusia (modern Perugia), probably from the adjacent hill-town of Asisium (modern Assisi). He describes the area further at 4.1.121-6.