March, 2014 Monthly archive

“Catullus Revealed: New Approaches to the Novi Poetae”. Jonathan Feigenbaum, Classical Review, Jan 2014, Vol 3(2)45-47

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Though mere papyrus can hardly claim to be aere perennius - pace Horace – and regrettably little of the once-great Latin corpus has come down to us intact, we are fortunate to be in possession of the extant works, a slim catalog that nonetheless reflects sea change and seismic scandal in the Roman polity. Time has been especially kind to Gaius Valerius Catullus, that well-loved vanguard of the Novi Poetae movement whose poems are just as vital and shocking to us as they must have been to the Augustan elite. But even among the works of Catullus, there remain a number of fragments that have defied analysis.

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