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(43—17 bc) Roman poet

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A. E. Housman

A. E. Housman  

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(1859–1936)British poet and classical scholar.The eldest son of a Worcestershire solicitor, Housman was educated at Bromsgrove School. Despite the death of their mother (1870), the family was in ...
academies

academies  

Are societies or institutions for the cultivation and promotion of literature, the arts or science, or of some particular branch of science such as medicine, for example, the Académie de ...
Actaeon

Actaeon  

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In Greek mythology, a hunter who, because he accidentally saw Artemis bathing, was changed by her into a stag and killed by his own hounds.
Adonis

Adonis  

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In classical mythology, a beautiful youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. He was killed by a boar, but Zeus decreed that he should spend the winter of each year in the underworld with ...
Adoon

Adoon  

The son of Myrrha (Mirra). His beauty captivated Venus. When, in spite of her warnings, he went hunting and was killed by a boar, she caused the anemone to spring ...
Adriane

Adriane  

Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, fell in love with Theseus, and gave him a thread so that he could find his way out of the Labyrinth (Laboryntus) after ...
Africa

Africa  

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Petrarch's Latin epic in classical hexa-meters which he began in 1338–41 but never completed, books 4 and 9 still showing many lacunae. Only the thirty-four lines of the lament of ...
Aglawros

Aglawros  

Aglauros the sister of Herse (Hierse) (Tr III.730). In Ovid's Metamorphoses 2 she provoked the wrath of Minerva (Mynerva) by prying into one of her secrets. Minerva made her envious ...
Alcathoe

Alcathoe  

Ovid's ‘Alcathoe, the city of Megara’ (Met. 7. 443), besieged by Minos (LGW 1902) so called after its founder Alcathous. Megara is on the isthmus of Corinth in Greece, near Salamis.[...]
Alcione

Alcione  

Daughter of Aeolus, wife of King Ceyx (Seys). Their story is told by Ovid (Met. 11). Ceyx is drowned in a terrible storm. His devoted wife constantly prays for his ...
Alessandro Piccolomini

Alessandro Piccolomini  

(1508–78),Italian humanist, poet, and dramatist. He was born in Siena and became a teacher of philosophy in Padua (from 1539) and Rome (1546–58). In 1574 he was appointed archbishop ...
Alexander Neckham

Alexander Neckham  

(1157–1215). Born at St Albans on the same night as Richard I, Alexander's mother suckled both children. A precocious scholar, he had charge of schools in Dunstable and St Albans ...
Ali Smith

Ali Smith  

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(1962– ),novelist and writer of short stories, born in Inverness. Her first novel, Like (1997), was followed by Hotel World (2001), which tells the interweaving story of five characters whose lives ...
Amaryllis

Amaryllis  

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The name given to a shepherdess by Theocritus, Virgil, and Ovid. Spenser, in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe, uses the name to signify Alice, one of the daughters of Sir John Spencer of Althorp. She ...
Andrea Lancia

Andrea Lancia  

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(d.c.1360).Florentine notary and author of many translations into Italian of Latin classics, including Virgil's Aeneid and Ovid's Remedia amoris. The mid-14th-c. commentary on the Divine Comedy known ...
Andreas Capellanus

Andreas Capellanus  

(fl. 1180s),is usually believed to have been a chaplain to Marie de Champagne. His book De Arte Honeste Amandi (also entitled De Amore) is a handbook of procedure in love in three sections: Book I, ...
Annaeus Seneca, Lucius

Annaeus Seneca, Lucius  

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(RE 16)writer on declamation, was born of equestrian family at Corduba (mod. Córdoba) in Spain about 50 bc. Of his life we know little; he was certainly in Rome ...
Anthologia Latina

Anthologia Latina  

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A modern invention gradually created in print and not intrinsically distinct from Poetae Latini minores or the Appendix Vergiliana, gathers poems mostly short that have no better home. Riese's ...
Antigone

Antigone  

The niece of Criseyde. (Chaucer seems to have invented her, perhaps taking the name from one of the heroines of antiquity, either the Antigone of the story of Thebes (1) ...
Antonio Bruni

Antonio Bruni  

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(1593–1635).One of the most successful of Marino's southern followers, who worked principally in Urbino and Rome. His concettismo was more conventional in content than Marino's, and he expressed ...

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