By T. P. Wiseman
This ebook is an try and learn the poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus in his personal context; to examine the poet and his works opposed to the cultural realities of the 1st century BC as contemporary advances in ancient learn let us comprehend them. Catullus' personal social history, the conditions of the literary lifetime of his time, the genuine quantity of his works and the range of audiences he addressed - those and different questions are explored through Professor Wiseman with new and startling effects. modern excessive society and politics are illustrated via Clodia and Caelius Rufus, thought of now not as mere adjuncts to Catullus' tale yet as major old personalities of their personal correct. a last bankruptcy on 19th- and twentieth-century interpretations of Catullus' global indicates how anachronistic preconceptions have avoided a formal knowing of it, and made this radical reappraisal worthwhile. an individual with a significant curiosity in Latin literature or Roman heritage should want to learn this ebook. scholars within the top degrees of faculty or at college will locate it crucial historical past interpreting to their paintings on Catullus and Cicero's seasoned Caelio.
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5. Pompey illustrates both types: the first in 70 (Cic. Verr. act. 131), the second in 55 (Cic. Pis. 65, Asc. iC, DioxxxiX38: dedication ofthe theatre). For monumenta see n. 15 above. Cic. Cael. 53 (pp. 73fbelow); whether he gave them or not, Clodia evidently believed he was going to. ), see Sumner 1971, 247-9. Cic. 6, Asc. 31C ('impensas ludorum scaenicorum ac gladiatorii muneris maximas');cf. fam. 3, Mil. 95 for the munera. 61 But comedies, tragedies and praetextae - in which the actors were all male offered no role to Eucharis.
Or to the Atticising orator C. Licinius Calvus? or to L. Licinius Lucullus, patron of Archias and a Greek historian in his o w n right? or to L. Licinius Murena, w h o transformed the archaic temple of J u n o in his native Lanuvium with splendid Hellenistic sculptures? 67 Whichever of the branches of the gens Licinia she belonged to, she was probably a lady whose tastes and background were very much like those of Clodia herself. The patrician Claudii enjoyed widespread and long-standing dientelae in the Hellenistic world.
52: 'in triclinio coam, in cubiculo nolam' (p. 76 below); for Coae vestes (Hor. Sat. -M. Poinsotte, MEFR 91 (1979) 455f. See Lyne 1980, 192-8 for the social background. 100 Cic. Cael. 57, emphasising the participation of Clodia's servants. 101 Perhaps the best commentary on Cicero's ludi et quae sequuntur, in the context of banqueting, is the last scene of Xenophon's Symposion. At the end of Callias' dinner-party in honour of Autolycus, a mime-scene of Dionysus and Ariadne is performed to music; so convincingly do the young dancers mime their love, that as the party breaks up the unmarried guests swear to marry, and the married ones gallop off to enjoy their wives.
Catullus and his World: A Reappraisal by T. P. Wiseman