Catullus (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies) by Julia Haig Gaisser

By Julia Haig Gaisser

Oxford Readings in Catullus is a suite of articles that characterize a sampling of the main attention-grabbing and critical paintings on Catullus from round 1950 to 2000, including 3 very brief items from the Renaissance. The readings, chosen for his or her intrinsic curiosity and significance, are meant to be thought-provoking (and occasionally provocative) and to problem readers to examine Catullus in numerous methods. They show a couple of methods - stylistic, old, literary-historical, New serious, and theoretical (of numerous flavours). Such hermeneutic range is especially applicable when it comes to Catullus, whose oeuvre is famously - a few may say notoriously - different in size, style, tone, and material. the gathering as an entire demonstrates what has Catullus' readers within the final part century and indicates the various ways that they may method his poetry sooner or later. it truly is observed via an advent by means of Julia Haig Gaisser on topics in Catullan feedback from 1950-2000.

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G. in 16; but Zicàri’s theory certainly fails to explain why the dedication should be unbridled, nor can it account for the fact that of the 18 phalaecean poems between 2 and 26 as many as 15, or 5 out of 6, have spondee bases throughout, whereas among the 24 poems of the second half there are, even if we scan V¯ıbenni and M¯amurrae, no more than 6, or 1 in 4, which have spondee bases only. A change in technique explains the facts far better, since the dedication, written last, may be expected to agree with the second half.

12 Deducere, a metaphor from spinning, can be used of poetic composition in general (cf. L. v [1] 282. ); but in some other contexts too it is associated with ‘fine-spun’ writing like the Neoterics’ (cf. Cornificius frg. 1 Morel; Hor. Ep. 225). [Cf. W. Eisenhut in Properz, ed. Eisenhut (Wege der Forschung 237), 1975; bibliography in D. Flach, Das literarische Verhältnis von Horaz und Properz (1967), 79; cf. also F. 106). C. W. Macleod 39 satire and comedy, genres also rich in invective, from imitations of Calvus and Catullus, whom he is conceiving simply as ‘neoteric’ poets.

Three important studies along these lines are included in this volume: Donald Lateiner’s article ‘Obscenity in Catullus’ (1977); part of a chapter of Amy Richlin’s The Garden of Priapus (1992, first published 1983), here with the title ‘Catullus and the Art of Crudity’; and the first chapter of T. P. Wiseman’s Catullus and his World (1985), ‘A World Not Ours’. As early as the fifteenth century, however, scholars had explored the possibility that not all of Catullus’ obscenity depended on obscene language.

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