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Reading Catullus$
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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

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675631.003.0001

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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