Propertius, Sextus Aurelius, the Latin elegiac poet, was born about 50 B.C. in Umbria. Almost the only material for his biography is derived from his own writings. He began to write at an early age, and was patronised by Tullus and later by Maecenas. He was a friend of Ovid and an acquaintance of Virgil, but does not seem to have known Horace or Tibullus. The date of his death cannot be exactly fixed. In his elegies Propertius closely followed Greek models.