Catullus and His World
By (author) T. P. Wiseman
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Catullus and His World by T. P. Wiseman
Book DescriptionThis book is an 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521319683
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-1986
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author T. P. Wiseman
Roman Audience, Hardback (September 2015)
In an ambitious overview of a thousand years of history, from the formation of the city-state of Rome to the establishment of a fully Christian culture, T. P. Wiseman examines the evidence for the oral delivery of Roman 'literature' to mass public audiences.
Remembering the Roman People, Paperback (June 2011)
A challenging reinterpretation of the political culture of the last century of the Roman Republic. Wiseman argues that the People had their own egalitarian ethos, usually in conflict with the self-styled 'best' (optimates), who, with their belief in justified murder, were responsible for the republic's breakdown in civil war.
Classics in Progress, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by T. P. Wiseman
Presents a collection of essays by contemporary classicists, revealing different discoveries, interpretations and ways of exploring the experiences of the ancient world. The chapters range in subject matter from contemporary poets' exploitation of Greek and Latin authors to modern arguments about ancient democracy and slavery.
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