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Subject:Reading in Bed
Time:03:17 pm
Liber eram et vacuo meditabar vivere lecto.
I was free and planned to live my life in an empty bed.

That's the first line of Propertius 2.2. Apart from the (at least at first appearance) attractive and simply funny thought of living one's whole life in bed, empty or otherwise, I think Propertius hints at a bookish life (liber), spent reading (lecto). I'm not an expert on Propertius and I haven't got a decent commentary at hand, so: is it likely that he would have played with words like that?
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falmouthroad
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Time:2013-02-11 04:09 pm (UTC)
I don't see why not. A pun on 'liber' = free; 'liber' = book would be easily felt.

If there is a pun, the alternative implication might be 'liber eram' - 'I was a book' (i.e. one book of love poetry down - Propertius Book 1) and I was planning on something other than love poetry. But...

Cf. the 'recusatio' topic - i.e. I would write poetry about war and kings but...' - of which Propertius 2.1 is an example and Ov. Amores 1.1 is an extreme example.

I have a vague hesitation about whether it would be physically convenient to read in bed using a book roll, remembering that the codex had not yet been invented - but I don't see why not. Less convenient than a paperback but not much worse than an Ipad!

Propertius expects girls to read his book sitting up - cf. Prop. 3.3.19-20.

'ut tuus in scamno iactetur saepe libellus,
quem legat exspectans sola puella virum.'
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leopold_paula_b
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Time:2013-02-11 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I also arrived at "I was a book and planned to live on my immaterial reading", but both wordplays don't quite work (the wrong "i" in liber and the strange singular of "lecto"). But maybe an allusion could still be there.
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