The poems of Propertius, as they have come down to us, consist of four books containing 4046 lines of elegiac verse.
His handling of the elegiac couplet, and especially of its second line, deserves especial recognition.
Catulus in the preceding generation, was a kind of dilettante poet and a precursor of the poetry of pleasure, which attained such prominence in the elegiac poets of the Augustan age.
Besides the ELXXoi we have some lines preserved from the 'IvaaXyoi, a poem in elegiac verse, which appears to have inculcated the tenets of scepticism, and one or two fragments which cannot be with certainty assigned to either poem.
About a hundred epigrams by him in various metres (the elegiac predominating) have been preserved.