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Catullus / Edition 1
     

Catullus / Edition 1

by Amanda Kolson Hurley
 

ISBN-10: 1853996696

ISBN-13: 9781853996696

Pub. Date: 08/02/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Catullus, who lived from about 84 to 54 BC, was one of ancient Rome's most gifted, versatile and passionate poets. In this accessible short book Amanda Kolson Hurley explores the many facets of Catullus' poetry, discussing in detail over twenty of his most important poems, ranging from obscene and abusive epigrams to delicate lyrics and formal wedding hymns.

Overview

Catullus, who lived from about 84 to 54 BC, was one of ancient Rome's most gifted, versatile and passionate poets. In this accessible short book Amanda Kolson Hurley explores the many facets of Catullus' poetry, discussing in detail over twenty of his most important poems, ranging from obscene and abusive epigrams to delicate lyrics and formal wedding hymns. Catullus relates many of his poems in the first person, and may therefore seem an artlessly sincere narrator, yet this impression is misleading. Hurley examines the skilful rhetoric the poet employs to gain his reader's sympathy, and confronts a major difficulty involved in reading Catullus: while the autobiographical hints in hist most famous poems make us want to learn more about him, much of his history has been lost. The book presents the poet's work clearly in the context of ancient Roman culture and society, and looks at the reception of Catullus in English literature, a tradition that has shaped modern thinking about the poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853996696
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/02/2004
Series:
Ancients in Action Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Between Myth and History: The Life of Catullus
2. Defining Catullan Poetics: The Opening Sequence
3. Male Friendship in Catullus
4. Catullan Self-Address
5. Crossing the Threshold
6. The Artist in a Fallen World
7. The Elegiacs Conclusion Notes Further Reading Index

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