Cynthia and Acanthis represent the experiences of women of the underclass, while Cornelia is a representative of the differently oppressed elite woman.
16) Acanthis provides very practical reasons for the 'greedy' behavior that the lover-poet censures.
The lover-poet thus accords Acanthis a grave that is both appropriate to her ethos (the broken wine jar suggests the habitual drunkenness associated with the lena) (17) and a focus for the anger of other lovers, much as he imagines his own grave (1.
Acanthis specifically mocks the pretensions of the elegiac lover-poet, advising the puella not to give in to one who claims poverty (4.
Acanthis cites the first two lines of Propertius 1.
Through her requirement of recognition and redress, the ghost of Cynthia forces open gaps in the text, bringing elegy into contact with the sordid historical details of the lives of women who lacked the sanctioned protection of men; Acanthis the lena, in both her death and her advice to the puella, further emphasizes the dangers such women faced.
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63: esse, infatti, con raffinato giuoco etimologico, servono ad anticipare il nome della mezzana Acantide (spina = [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]); Lee (25), a cui fa difficolta la menzione ritardata del nome della lena, propone di leggere obducat, Acanthi, sepulcrum e interpreta lena come una glossa penetrata nel testo, perche fondandosi su Ov.
57] In Propertius, the bawd Acanthis
can make standing crops dissolve in water with her magical herbs, put spells on the bewitched moon, "hide her shape under the form of the night-prowling wolf," and affect love magic by gathering "the charm that drips from the pregnant mare.
First, semantic understanding--that Propertius curses the lena Acanthis in 4.
If, in this mode of refiguration, we are directed by the appearance of Acanthis towards a (literal or imaginative) re-evaluation of the earlier books in the light of elegy 4.
Motivated by the drive for coherence--which is, according to theories of narrative, a fundamental force in the act of reading--we make sense of the appearance of Acanthis in 4.