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John Godwin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675631

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675631.001.0001

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A Writer's World

A Writer's World

(p.1) Chapter 1 A Writer's World
Reading Catullus

John Godwin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the political and social context in which the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus lived. It notes that the society he belonged to can be construed as a society of celebrities, which accepted writing poetry to both women and boys. The chapter also points out that Catullus' Roman society viewed poetry writing as a source of fun and as a medium to express deeper feelings – a society that valued freedom of expression, which allows a poet even to make scandalous allegations against his fellow citizens without suffering dangerous repercussions.

Keywords:   poetry writing, freedom of expression, Gaius Valerius Catullus, Roman, poet

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