Catullus

Overview

This work contains a major revision of Douglas Thomson's Catullus: A Critical Edition (1978), with the addition of a full commentary and a wholly new introduction. For the introduction and for each of the poems there is an extensive and current bibliography.

In the introduction, apart from sections on the life of Catullus, on the arrangement of the poems, and on their literary background, there is a lengthy discussion of the history of the text, as well as a review of the ...

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Overview

This work contains a major revision of Douglas Thomson's Catullus: A Critical Edition (1978), with the addition of a full commentary and a wholly new introduction. For the introduction and for each of the poems there is an extensive and current bibliography.

In the introduction, apart from sections on the life of Catullus, on the arrangement of the poems, and on their literary background, there is a lengthy discussion of the history of the text, as well as a review of the progress of Catullan studies from the editio princeps to the present day.

There are about seventy changes from the previous edition in the text of the poems. The critical apparatus has also been extensively revised. In addition, the Table of Manuscripts, which has come to be regarded as standard, has been updated without alteration to the numbering sequence.

Though this is not primarily intended as a 'school edition,' the commentary includes, in addition to critical judgments, translations and interpretations of words and phrases that may help to illuminate readings in the text.

Catullus offers readers a new text of the poems, with a commentary, a codicology of the manuscript tradition, and a thorough review of Catullus scholarship.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher G. Brown

'Thomson is a most reliable and sympathetic guide to the poet. In addition to issues of text, he is especially concerned with matters of language and structure ... Here a well-known poem appears in a new light, and this is characteristic of the very considerable achievement of this edition. Thomson has made a significant contribution to the study of Latin poetry by producing a freshly considered and sharply illuminated text of Catallus that is founded upon the sound practice of philology.'

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Replaces Thomson's 1978 edition of the Roman poet's work published by the University of North Carolina Press, and adds a commentary that considers both textual and interpretative matters and defends his version or reading of the text. He writes primarily for graduate students specializing in Latin literature, but does includes some rather elementary footnoted glosses for the aid of the readers' own students. He also discusses Catullus' life, the history of the text, and the study of his work. Canadian card order number: C96-931284-9. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802006769
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 2/19/1997
  • Series: Phoenix Supplementary Volumes Series, #34
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas F.S. Thomson is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Toronto.
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