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Consolatio ad Liviam (Epicedion Drusi)
(240 words)

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In about 1450 a MS that has since been lost was brought to Rome, which is the source [1] for the work preserved in several MSS of the latter half of that century, as P. ... Ovidii Nasonis ... ad Liviam de morte Drusi. This poem was included in editions of Ovid from 1471 onwards. It takes the form of an address to  Livia Drusilla: the death of her son Nero  Claudius Drusus in Germany in 9 BC is lamented (1-166) and the funeral rites described (167-264 or 298), before it reverts to largely traditional consolatory themes (265 or 299-474). The  Elegiae in Maecenatem may contain allusio…

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Richmond, John A. (Blackrock, VA), “Consolatio ad Liviam (Epicedion Drusi)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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