An interfering acquaintance has been trying to persuade Propertius to give Cynthia up and is told where to get off. Bassus seems to write poetry on mythological subjects, and Ovid mentions an iambic poet of that name who would fit the bill. As usual, we cannot be sure whether there is a personal element in this piece or whether Propertius is demonstrating his skills on an established literary theme. Antiope was one of Zeus/Jupiter’s mortal conquests and Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus, Homer’s King of Sparta.
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