A Companion to Catullus (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient by Marilyn B. Skinner PDF

By Marilyn B. Skinner

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During this significant other, foreign students offer a entire evaluation that displays the latest tendencies in Catullan studies.

Explores the paintings of Catullus, the best Roman ‘lyric poets’.
Provides discussions approximately construction, style, variety, and reception, in addition to interpretive essays on key poems and teams of poems.
Grounds Catullus within the socio-historical global round him.
Chapters problem obtained knowledge, current unique readings, and recommend new interpretations of biographical facts.

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And there you have the foundation of the poems of Catullus as they went to the printer for the first time, in Venice 400 years ago. (Stoppard 1997: 24–5) ‘‘Jowett’’ can be criticized on some minor points: he neglects causes of corruption other than scribal error, ignores the ‘‘secondary’’ tradition, elides the considerable scholarly activity that intervened between rediscovery and first publication, and in general downplays the element of sheer uncertainty that surrounds the whole enterprise of recovering an ancient text: not to mention that, if ‘‘Christian disapproval’’ was ever a factor, it seems to have left some of Antiquity’s most flagrantly obscene poetry unmolested.

2001. Aspects of Catullus’ Social Fiction. Frankfurt. Quinn, K. 1959. The Catullan Revolution. Melbourne. Rpt. Cambridge 1969; Ann Arbor, MI, 1971. 2nd edn. London 1999. Schwabe, L. 1862. Quaestiones Catullianae. Vol. I. Giessen. Selden, D. L. 1992. ’’ In R. Hexter and D. , Innovations of Antiquity. New York and London. 461–512. Introduction 9 Skinner, M. B. 1993a. ’’ Classical Journal 89: 61–8. Skinner, M. B. 2001. ’’ Helios 28: 57–73. Skinner, M. B. 2003. Catullus in Verona: A Reading of the Elegiac Libellus, Poems 65–116.

He quotes the poem’s first four lines, with the last reading (in modern editions of Gellius like Marshall’s OCT) ebria acina ebriosioris (‘‘drunkener than the drunken grape’’). Gellius maintains that this is the correct reading: ‘‘though [Catullus] could have said ebrio, and could have employed the more customary neuter form acinum, nevertheless he said ebria out of a fondness for the sweetness of that Homeric hiatus, because of the harmony with the following letter a. ’’ Gellius’ argument, then, is that some writers like the aesthetic effect of what is called ‘‘hiatus’’ (in particular when the same vowel ends one word and begins the next without the first being elided and thus, in effect, eliminated; he has already praised its use in Homer), and that Catullus employed it here, writing ebria acina, with hiatus and without the normal elision.

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