A Companion to Catullus
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World 1. Aufl.
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
List of Illustrations x Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations xiii Notes on Contributors xx 1 Introduction 1 Marilyn B. Skinner Part I The Text and the Collection 11 2 History and Transmission of the Text 13 J. L. Butrica 3 Authorial Arrangement of the Collection: Debate Past and Present 35 Marilyn B. Skinner Part II Contexts of Production 55 4 The Valerii Catulli of Verona 57 T. P. Wiseman 5 The Contemporary Political Context 72 David Konstan 6 The Intellectual Climate 92 Andrew Feldherr 7 Gender and Masculinity 111 Elizabeth Manwell Part III Influences 129 8 Catullus and Sappho 131 Ellen Greene 9 Catullus and Callimachus 151 Peter E. Knox Part IV Stylistics 173 10 Neoteric Poetics 175 W. R. Johnson 11 Elements of Style in Catullus 190 George A. Sheets 12 Catullus and Elite Republican Social Discourse 212 Brian A. Krostenko Part V Poems and Groups of Poems 233 13 Catullus and the Programmatic Poem: The Origins, Scope, and Utility of a Concept 235 William W. Batstone 14 The Lesbia Poems 254 Julia T. Dyson Hejduk 15 Sexuality and Ritual: Catullus’ Wedding Poems 276 Vassiliki Panoussi 16 Catullan Intertextuality: Apollonius and the Allusive Plot of Catullus 64 293 Jeri Blair DeBrohun 17 Poem 68: Love and Death, and the Gifts of Venus and the Muses 314 Elena Theodorakopoulos 18 Social Commentary and Political Invective 333 W. Jeffrey Tatum Part VI Reception 355 19 Catullus and Horace 357 Randall L. B. McNeill 20 Catullus and Vergil 377 Christopher Nappa 21 Catullus and Roman Love Elegy 399 Paul Allen Miller 22 Catullus and Martial 418 Sven Lorenz 23 Catullus in the Renaissance 439 Julia Haig Gaisser 24 The Modern Reception of Catullus 461 Brian Arkins Part VII Pedagogy 479 25 Catullus in the Secondary School Curriculum 481 Ronnie Ancona and Judith P. Hallett 26 Catullus in the College Classroom 503 Daniel H. Garrison Part VIII Translation 521 27 Translating Catullus 523 Elizabeth Vandiver Consolidated Bibliography 542 General Index 568 Index Locorum 585
"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)
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).
A Companion to Catullus addresses the central themes in Catullan studies, providing readers with the fundamental knowledge necessary to appreciate and understand the poet’s work. This significant collection of essays from internationally renowned scholars includes discussions about production, genre, style, and reception, as well as interpretive essays on key poems and groups of poems. Grounding the author firmly in the socio-historical world around him, this companion reflects the most recent trends in the field. Chapters provide convenient surveys of complex issues and challenge received wisdom by presenting original readings of major poems and suggesting new interpretations of biographical evidence.
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