A Companion to Catullus / Edition 1

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In this companion, international scholars provide a comprehensive overview that reflects the most recent trends in Catullan studies.

  • Explores the work of Catullus, one of the best Roman ‘lyric poets’
  • Provides discussions about production, genre, style, and reception, as well as interpretive essays on key poems and groups of poems
  • Grounds Catullus in the socio-historical world around him
  • Chapters challenge received wisdom, present original readings, and suggest new interpretations of biographical evidence
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume is strongly recommended to scholars and teachers for its sound exposition of a given Catullan problem and as a point of departure for any student starting out to explore the Catullan oeuvre." (Sjarlene Thom, 2009)

"This Companion will be the best of companions to young Catullus scholars, as a strong starting point for work on the most important questions in Catullan studies." (New England Classical Journal, February 2009)

"This Companion will be the best of companions to young Catullus scholars, as a strong starting point for work on the most important questions in Catullan studies." (New England Classical Journal, February 2009)

"The volume's 27 essays are the work of a team of internationally renowned scholars.... It deserves a place in both the libraries of academic institutions as well as the well-stocked public library." (Reference Reviews, Issue 7 2008)

"Abounds with scholarship of a high order, state-of-the-art literary history and criticism, and, not least, solid practical advice for readers and instructors." (Choice)

"This reviewer recommends the book without reservation not only to the Catullus specialist, but also and especially to all classicists and teachers." (Scholia Reviews)

"Offers modern youth a direct hotline with an ancient author." (Journal of Classics Teaching)

"It is a strong volume, to which the student meeting Catullus for the first time and the highly experienced reader can be sent with confidence." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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Meet the Author

Marilyn B. Skinner is professor of classics at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her previous publications include Catullus’ Passer: The Arrangement of the Book of Polymetric Poems (1981), Catullus in Verona (2003), Vergil, Philodemus, and the Augustans (co-edited, 2004), and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture (Blackwell, 2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xiii

Notes on Contributors xx

1 Introduction 1
Marilyn B. Skinner

Part I The Text and the Collection 11

2 History and Transmission of the Text 13
J. L. Butrica

3 Authorial Arrangement of the Collection: Debate Past and Present 35
Marilyn B. Skinner

Part II Contexts of Production 55

4 The Valerii Catulli of Verona 57
T. P. Wiseman

5 The Contemporary Political Context 72
David Konstan

6 The Intellectual Climate 92
Andrew Feldherr

7 Gender and Masculinity 111
Elizabeth Manwell

Part III Influences 129

8 Catullus and Sappho 131
Ellen Greene

9 Catullus and Callimachus 151
Peter E. Knox

Part IV Stylistics 173

10 Neoteric Poetics 175
W. R. Johnson

11 Elements of Style in Catullus 190
George A. Sheets

12 Catullus and Elite Republican Social Discourse 212
Brian A. Krostenko

Part V Poems and Groups of Poems 233

13 Catullus and the Programmatic Poem: The Origins, Scope, and Utility of a Concept 235
William W. Batstone

14 The Lesbia Poems 254
Julia T. Dyson Hejduk

15 Sexuality and Ritual: Catullus’ Wedding Poems 276
Vassiliki Panoussi

16 Catullan Intertextuality: Apollonius and the Allusive Plot of Catullus 64 293
Jeri Blair DeBrohun

17 Poem 68: Love and Death, and the Gifts of Venus and the Muses 314
Elena Theodorakopoulos

18 Social Commentary and Political Invective 333
W. Jeffrey Tatum

Part VI Reception 355

19 Catullus and Horace 357
Randall L. B. McNeill

20 Catullus and Vergil 377
Christopher Nappa

21 Catullus and Roman Love Elegy 399
Paul Allen Miller

22 Catullus and Martial 418
Sven Lorenz

23 Catullus in the Renaissance 439
Julia Haig Gaisser

24 The Modern Reception of Catullus 461
Brian Arkins

Part VII Pedagogy 479

25 Catullus in the Secondary School Curriculum 481
Ronnie Ancona and Judith P. Hallett

26 Catullus in the College Classroom 503
Daniel H. Garrison

Part VIII Translation 521

27 Translating Catullus 523
Elizabeth Vandiver

Consolidated Bibliography 542

General Index 568

Index Locorum 585

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