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Reading Catullus

John Godwin


Of all the Roman poets, Catullus is the most accessible for the modern reader. His poems range from the sublimely beautiful to the scatologically disgusting, from the world of heroic epic poetry to the dirt of the Roman streets. This book, which assumes no prior knowledge of the poet or of Roman poetry in general, explores Catullus in all his many guises. In six concise chapters, it deals with the cultural background to his poetic production, its literary context, the role of love, Alexandrian learning and obscenity, and, in the final chapter, considers the coherence and rationale of the colle ... More

Keywords: Roman poets, Catullus, heroic epic poetry, Roman poetry, Alexandrian learning, obscenity, Catullus' poetry, dirt, Roman streets, poetic production

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781904675631
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Godwin, author
shrewsbury School