The Bottom Line
- Background provided for authors and specific poems
- Covers entire Classical period
- Explains complex ideas like meter simply
- Explains problems of translation
- Provides modernized versions of the poems when necessary
- There could always be more
- Cited Greeks
- Apollonius of Rhodes
- Cited Romans
- Selections from the Greek anthology and Pompeiian graffiti.
- Glossary and timeline of erotic poets provided.
Guide Review - Review - Erotic Love Poems of Greece and Rome
Bertman doesn't just discuss the genre's history but he also explains stylistic elements, like the use of contrasts in Catullus -
- "symptomatic of the poet's passionate condition is the simultaneous existence of opposing internal forces over which he has no control."
- "Ostensibly the description of an assignation ..., the poem is also an elaborate exposition on duality."
Erotic Love Poems in Greece and Rome is very short -- only 129 pages including index, and so, it only covers representative samples from each of the authors.