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Student's Catullus

ISBN-10: 0806142324
ISBN-13: 9780806142326
Edition: 4th 2012
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Description: Although his audacious, erotic, and satirical verses survived the Middle Ages in only a single copy, Catullus has become in our time a canonical author, ranking in popularity and importance with Virgil, Horace, and Ovid. And for students and  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 1/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Although his audacious, erotic, and satirical verses survived the Middle Ages in only a single copy, Catullus has become in our time a canonical author, ranking in popularity and importance with Virgil, Horace, and Ovid. And for students and teachers of Latin, Daniel H. Garrison’sThe Student’s Catullusis a definitive introductory text. This fourth edition, thoroughly revised, makes Catullus’ famous poems more accessible than ever.A comprehensive reference,The Student’s Catullusincludes the following features:· A brief overview of Catullus’s life and artistic persona· A fresh recension of all 113 poems· A commentary in English on each poem, explaining difficult points of Latin and salient aspects of Catullus’ artistry· A Who’s Who of the people in Catallus’ poems· An explanation of Catullan meters· A glossary of literary terms used in the commentary· A complete Latin-English Catullan vocabulary· Six reference mapsNew to this fourth edition are dozens of additional notes to aid comprehension, more nuanced definitions in the vocabulary list, and amplified information in the appendices. In addition, Garrison has expanded his introduction to include tips for students and teachers. Drawing on years of classroom experience, Garrison urges readers to avoid rote translation and instead engage thoroughly with the poet’s delightful language, syntax, structure, and rhythm.

Thought to have been born in or near Verona, Italy, in 84 B.C., Gaius Valerius Catullus came from significant wealth and connections. Motivated by his older brother, Catullus started writing poetry as a young boy. The genuine extant works of Catullus consists of 113 poems on a variety of subjects composed in different styles and meters. Catullus was capable of writing some of the most polished and enchanting poems. His relationship with a married woman was interwoven in many of his love poems with the creation of a character named Lesbia. Nowadays, Catullus's love poetry is considered among the best and most influential. Catullus's poems were widely appreciated by other poets. He greatly influenced poets such as Ovid, Horace, and Virgil. After his rediscovery in the late Middle Ages, Catullus again found admirers. His explicit writing style has shocked many readers. Catullus probably died in 54 B.C. at the age of 30.

Daniel H. Garrison is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics at Northwestern University. He is the translator of The Fabric of the Human Body (with Malcolm Hast, forthcoming) and the author of several books, including Sexual Culture in Ancient Greece, The Student's Catullus and Horace Epodes and Odes. A New Annotated Latin Edition.

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