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I propose to use the intertextual comparison in this one line to ex- pose the way an Adonis-model works in the subtext of Owen's poem, what I call its Adoniasm (a term I gratefully adopt from Aristophanes). Owen's maimed boy is like maimed Adonis in his age, for one thing: perhaps still no older than nineteen. And in his good looks: his loss is couched in terms of an irrevocable loss of youthful beauty and desirability. "-and alongside that, a correction of the conceit that makes his beauty persist even after death: "Ah, even in death he is beautiful, beautiful in death, as one that hath fallen on sleep" (Lang's translations of lines 30-31, 71).
Taciti). 24 The collective concerns of Propertius's audience of Augustan Romans can be seen to motivate such artistic choices, whether conscious or unconscious, on Propertius's part. We are able, furthermore, to posit such collective concerns with far greater confidence than we are those of Propertius himself, because of our far greater body of evidence, both textual and material, for the basic outlines of Augustan ideology and the assent that it garnered from among Augustus's subjects (Propertius's poems, by contrast, are the virtually our only "evidence" for his life).
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