By T. P. Wiseman
This booklet is an try to 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 old learn let us comprehend them. Catullus' personal social historical past, the situations of the literary lifetime of his time, the genuine volume of his works and the range of audiences he addressed - those and different questions are explored by way of Professor Wiseman with new and startling effects. modern excessive society and politics are illustrated via Clodia and Caelius Rufus, thought of no longer as mere adjuncts to Catullus' tale yet as major ancient personalities of their personal correct. a last bankruptcy on 19th- and twentieth-century interpretations of Catullus' international exhibits how anachronistic preconceptions have avoided a formal realizing of it, and made this radical reappraisal worthy. somebody with a significant curiosity in Latin literature or Roman background probably want to learn this ebook. scholars within the top degrees of faculty or at college will locate it crucial heritage interpreting to their paintings on Catullus and Cicero's seasoned Caelio.
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To extend into a palatial mansion with a 300-foot portico, and one evidently let as flats in which M. 75 3 4 Clodia's house shared a partywall with that of Q . Catulus (a point made much of in Cicero's purple passage); since Catulus' house had become part of the Augustan complex by about I O B . C , and Augustus' property can be placed by its proximity to the temple of Apollo, we may assume that it was towards the western side of the hill. 3 5 Clodius' house, on the other hand, was next to Cicero's, which was close to the domus publica, which adjoined the house of the Vestals; the domuspublica was large and rambling, but even so, it should mean that Clodius' house was towards the northern side of the hill.
Tib. 1 (M. Livius Drusus Claudianus); AE 1969-70 118 (Livia Cf. Pulchra). 13 Plut. Pomp. 4, cf. Cic. Sest. 101, Asc. 27C: Metella married first to M. Scaurus (father of Mucia's second husband), then to Sulla. 14 Cic. Verr. 11 24, de or. in 228 on Hortensius, son-in-law of Servilia and Q. Catulus cos. 102. (Hortensius' daughter evidently married a Q. Caepio: Munzer 1920, 342-5 on Inscr. ) Sulla's fifth wife Valeria was the niece of Hortensius (Plut. 4); cf. Val. Max. 2 for the connection with the Valerii Messallae, who show a link with the Claudii two generations later (Messalla Appianus, cos.
Dom. 4jf, 83, 129, Sest. 133, har. resp. 11, cf. Mil. 33, dom. 50 (auctor), Asc. 33C (scriba). Res frumentaria: Cic. dom. 25f; cf. 48 for the probable relevance of the burning of the temple of the Nymphs (Cic. Cael. 78, Mil. 73). Asc. 7C, 'familiarissimus Clodii et operarum Clodianarum dux'; cf. Cic. Pis. 23, har. resp. 59 (canis), Cael. 78 ('minister aut dux seditionis'), Mil. 90 (satelles). See in particular Cael. 78: 'qui aedis sacras . . incendit (cf. Mil. 73), qui Catuli monumentum adflixit (cf.