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Catullus and His World A Reappraisal

ISBN-10: 0521319684
ISBN-13: 9780521319683
Edition: N/A
Authors: T. P. Wiseman
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Description: This book is the first attempt to read the poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus in his own context; to look at the poet and his works against the cultural realities of the first century BC as recent advances in historical research allow us to understand  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/26/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

This book is the first attempt to read the poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus in his own context; to look at the poet and his works against the cultural realities of the first century BC as recent advances in historical research allow us to understand them. Catullus' own social background, the circumstances of the literary life of his time, the true extent of his works and the variety of audiences he addressed - these and other questions are explored by Professor Wiseman with new and startling results. Contemporary high society and politics are illustrated through Clodia and Caelius Rufus, considered not as mere adjuncts to Catullus' story but as significant historical personalities in their own right. A final chapter on nineteenth- and twentieth-century interpretations of Catullus' world shows how anachronistic preconceptions have prevented a proper understanding of it, and made this radical reappraisal necessary. Anyone with a serious interest in Latin literature or Roman history will want to read this book. Students in the upper levels of school or at university will find it essential background reading to their work on Catullus and Cicero's Pro Caelio.

Preface
A world not ours
Clodia: pleasure and sway
The trial of Marcus Caelius
Catullus in context
'Lesbia Illa'
The unknown Catullus
The afterlife of Lesbia
Appendix
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index of passages
General index
Plates at end

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