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

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"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.



Notes on Contributors.

1 Introduction (Marilyn B. Skinner).

Part I The Text and the Collection.

2 History and Transmission of the Text (J. L. Butrica).

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

Part II Contexts of Production.

4 The Valerii Catulli of Verona (T. P. Wiseman).

5 The Contemporary Political Context (David Konstan).

6 The Intellectual Climate (Andrew Feldherr).

7 Gender and Masculinity (Elizabeth Manwell).

Part III Influences.

8 Catullus and Sappho (Ellen Greene).

9 Catullus and Callimachus (Peter E. Knox).

Part IV Stylistics.

10 Neoteric Poetics (W. R. Johnson).

11 Elements of Style in Catullus (George A. Sheets).

12 Catullus and Elite Republican Social Discourse (Brian A. Krostenko).

Part V Poems and Groups of Poems.

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

14 The Lesbia Poems (Julia T. Dyson Hejduk).

15 Sexuality and Ritual: Catullus' Wedding Poems (Vassiliki Panoussi).

16 Catullan Intertextuality: Apollonius and the Allusive Plot of Catullus 64 (Jeri Blair DeBrohun).

17 Poem 68: Love and Death, and the Gifts of Venus and the Muses (Elena Theodorakopoulos).

18 Social Commentary and Political Invective (W. Jeffrey Tatum).

Part VI Reception.

19 Catullus and Horace (Randall L. B. McNeill).

20 Catullus and Vergil (Christopher Nappa).

21 Catullus and Roman Love Elegy (Paul Allen Miller).

22 Catullus and Martial (Sven Lorenz).

23 Catullus in the Renaissance (Julia Haig Gaisser).

24 The Modern Reception of Catullus (Brian Arkins).

Part VII Pedagogy.

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

26 Catullus in the College Classroom (Daniel H. Garrison).

Part VIII Translation.

27 Translating Catullus (Elizabeth Vandiver).

Consolidated Bibliography.

General Index.

Index Locorum.

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