A Companion to Catullus (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient by Marilyn B. Skinner

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During this spouse, foreign students offer a complete assessment that displays the newest developments in Catullan studies.

Explores the paintings of Catullus, the most effective Roman ‘lyric poets’.
Provides discussions approximately construction, style, sort, and reception, in addition to interpretive essays on key poems and teams of poems.
Grounds Catullus within the socio-historical global round him.
Chapters problem obtained knowledge, current unique readings, and recommend new interpretations of biographical proof.

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4). ‘‘Servius Danielis’’ History and Transmission of the Text 21 cites two hexameters from ‘‘Cinna in Smyrna’’ (fr. 6); Priscian cites the same source for masculine aluus (fr. 7), Charisius for the genitive form tabis (fr. 8). Gellius cites two hendecasyllabics to show that the word nani can be found ‘‘in poematis Helui Cinnae’’ (fr. 9), and cites a choliambic from ‘‘Cinna in poematis’’ (fr. 10). Finally, Nonius quotes the end of a dactylic hexameter from ‘‘Cinna in epigrammatis’’ (fr. 12). For Cinna, then, we have collected Poemata that include one poem in hendecasyllabics and one in ‘‘limping’’ iambics; the Propempticon for Pollio; the epyllion Smyrna; and a collection of Epigrammata.

14) in which Catullus’ sparrow is clearly a work of literature, but there is no reason to believe that these refer to a collection rather than specifically to c. 2, the celebrated poem on Lesbia’s sparrow. Those who believe in the Passer point out that literary works were sometimes identified by their opening words (arma uirumque often stands for the Aeneid, for example), but they must then engage in special pleading to exclude c. 1 from the collection, since in this case passer would be the first word of the second poem (cf.

Most scholars, accordingly, have treated Catullus’ life-span of 29 years as fixed and Introduction 3 moved the date of birth down to 84; there has been a recent tendency to shift the death-date as well, down to 52 or even 51 (Granarolo 1982: 19–30; Wiseman 1985: 191; Thomson 1977: 3–4). But there is a possibility that the number XXX could be a scribal error; might Catullus have instead lived almost to the age of forty (XXXX ) and thus seen the outbreak of civil war? Cornelius Nepos, to whom he dedicated his libellus, confirms that by 32 BC he was dead (Att.

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