By Marilyn B. Skinner
During this spouse, foreign students supply a entire assessment that displays the latest tendencies in Catullan studies.
Explores the paintings of Catullus, the best Roman ‘lyric poets’.
Provides discussions approximately construction, style, variety, and reception, in addition to interpretive essays on key poems and teams of poems.
Grounds Catullus within the socio-historical international round him.
Chapters problem obtained knowledge, current unique readings, and recommend new interpretations of biographical facts.
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Magistrae in the previous line, but it could also be evidence that someone in the Middle Ages compared his text of Gellius with a text of Catullus or vice versa (there are no extant MSS of Book 6 of Gellius made before the twelfth century). Another difficulty of the secondary tradition is uncertainty over whether an author has cited from a text or simply from memory. 5–8 at Ep. 5, he reads et instead of ac in both 7 and 8, which could be a fault of his memory, a fault of his copy of Catullus, or a corruption in the MSS of Pliny.
Few today would accept this as a realistic picture of a noblewoman’s life. The cruel beloved is a standard generic component of ancient erotic verse (Dixon 2001: 137–40), and libelous charges of sexual immorality were part of the orator’s and the politician’s rhetorical gear, unscrupulously deployed against female as well as male opponents. Is the construction of ‘‘Lesbia’’ in the corpus just an assemblage of literary topoi, though, or does it also pass a harsh judgment upon the social scene in which she moved?
I do not regard fr. ) Ancient authorities, then, acknowledge cc. 42 and 53 as part of the collected Hendecasyllabi and c. 62 as an autonomous Epithalamium. A collection of Epigrammata seems possible, though far from certain, and the same could be said of a collection of Carmina containing c. 92. Fortunately, the fragments of Catullus’ friends Calvus and Cinna (collected in Courtney 1993: 201–24) provide valuable comparanda for interpreting this meager evidence; they are cited by title more frequently, and with little ambiguity; and, like Catullus, they too wrote short poems in hendecasyllabics and other meters, longer poems like epyllia or epithalamia, mostly in hexameters, and epigrams.
A Companion to Catullus (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Marilyn B. Skinner