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Catullus and his World : A Reappraisal - T. P. Wiseman

Catullus and his World

A Reappraisal

Paperback Published: 4th May 1987
ISBN: 9780521319683
Number Of Pages: 304

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This book is the first attempt to read the poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus in his own context; to look at the poet and his works against the cultural realities of the first century BC as recent advances in historical research allow us to understand them. Catullus' own social background, the circumstances of the literary life of his time, the true extent of his works and the variety of audiences he addressed - these and other questions are explored by Professor Wiseman with new and startling results. Contemporary high society and politics are illustrated through Clodia and Caelius Rufus, considered not as mere adjuncts to Catullus' story but as significant historical personalities in their own right. A final chapter on nineteenth- and twentieth-century interpretations of Catullus' world shows how anachronistic preconceptions have prevented a proper understanding of it, and made this radical reappraisal necessary. Anyone with a serious interest in Latin literature or Roman history will want to read this book. Students in the upper levels of school or at university will find it essential background reading to their work on Catullus and Cicero's Pro Caelio.

Industry Reviews

'T. P. Wiseman's Catullus and his World must be one of the most readable and exciting new books about a Latin poet for many years ... [It] can confidently be recommended to anyone interested in Catullus and not just to the professional classical scholar or student.' Francis Cairns, The Times Literary Supplement 'Disarmingly readable, and with many a neat turn of phrase, it is a valuable study of Catullus and his time, full of shrewdness and common sense, sometimes subtle, sometimes provocative.' Richard Jenkyns, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'I applaud the book as a scintillating work of imaginative scholarship.' Peter Jones, The Times 'The book deserves to become required reading for all students of late-republican Rome, its society and its literature.' Tony Woodman, British Book News

A world not ours
Clodia: pleasure and sway
The trial of Marcus Caelius
Catullus in context
'Lesbia Illa'
The unknown Catullus
The afterlife of Lesbia
Index of passages
General index
Plates at end
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521319683
ISBN-10: 0521319684
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 4th May 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.41