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    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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    Catullus and His World
    A Reappraisal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) T. P. Wiseman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521319683
    ISBN 10: 0521319684

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC21: 871.01
    B&T Approval Code: A24202500
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 874.01
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADL
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DCF
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    6 b/w illus.
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    Publication date
    02 March 2005
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    Review quote
    'T. P. Wiseman's Catullus and his World must be one of the most readable and exciting new books about a Latin poet for many years ... [It] can confidently be recommended to anyone interested in Catullus and not just to the professional classical scholar or student.' Francis Cairns, The Times Literary Supplement 'Disarmingly readable, and with many a neat turn of phrase, it is a valuable study of Catullus and his time, full of shrewdness and common sense, sometimes subtle, sometimes provocative.' Richard Jenkyns, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'I applaud the book as a scintillating work of imaginative scholarship.' Peter Jones, The Times 'The book deserves to become required reading for all students of late-republican Rome, its society and its literature.' Tony Woodman, British Book News
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. A world not ours; 2. Clodia: pleasure and sway; 3. The trial of Marcus Caelius; 4. Catullus in context; 5. 'Lesbia Illa'; 6. The unknown Catullus; 7. The afterlife of Lesbia; Appendix; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index of passages; General index; Plates at end.