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By Marilyn B. Skinner

During this better half, overseas students offer a entire review that displays the newest developments in Catullan studies.

Explores the paintings of Catullus, the most effective Roman ‘lyric poets’.
Provides discussions approximately construction, style, kind, and reception, in addition to interpretive essays on key poems and teams of poems.
Grounds Catullus within the socio-historical international round him.
Chapters problem acquired knowledge, current unique readings, and recommend new interpretations of biographical proof.

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On the basis of the ancient citations of Catullus and this comparison with Calvus and Cinna, I would suggest that Roman readers of the first century AD knew at least five or six separate works of Catullus and/or collections of his verse, each originally occupying its own papyrus roll (perhaps even more if the Pharmaceutria existed and if there was a separate collection of Priapea). One of these is the Hendecasyllabi, presumably coinciding more or less with what are now called the ‘‘polymetrics’’ 22 J.

Comi moenia Lariumque litus. Two final examples will further illustrate the degree of uncertainty that the secondary tradition can entail. 65 as non tereti strophio History and Transmission of the Text 19 lactentis uincta papillas. Isidore of Seville, in defining strophium, says ‘‘de quo ait Cinna strofio lactantes cincta papillas ’’ (Etym. 3). This is normally assumed to be an erroneous citation of Catullus under Cinna’s name, though some scholars think that both deviations from our text of Catullus (lactantes for lactentis, cincta for uincta) are in fact what Catullus wrote (cf.

The Greek diminutive poematia is a close enough equivalent of poemata to show that the Hendecasyllabi of Catullus could have been called his Poemat(i)a, just as the Poemata of Calvus and Cinna could presumably have been called their Hendecasyllabi. However, while the titles of the longer poems (which need titles to distinguish them) are certainly authorial, titles like Hendecasyllabi/Poemata or Carmina need not be. Indeed, I would be reluctant to attribute them to the authors rather than to booksellers, or perhaps to grammatici who prepared editions that were then offered for sale by librarii.

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