By T. P. Wiseman

ISBN-10: 0521319684

ISBN-13: 9780521319683

This e-book 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 old study let us comprehend them. Catullus' personal social history, 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 via 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 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 figuring out of it, and made this radical reappraisal beneficial. a person with a significant curiosity in Latin literature or Roman historical past probably want to learn this booklet. scholars within the higher degrees of college or at collage will locate it crucial historical past analyzing to their paintings on Catullus and Cicero's professional Caelio.

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We have the quotation from Ennius' Medea when Clodia is first referred to, the theatrical prosopopoeia of Appius Caecus when she is introduced as the power behind the prosecution, the trochaic septenarius put into her brother's m o u t h as Cicero ironically imagines him advising her, the stern and indulgent fathers quoted respectively from Caecilius and Terence when Caelius' involvement with her is being assessed, the Terentian 'hinc illae lacrimae n i m i r u m ' as Cicero attributes to her wounded vanity the origin of all the charges brought against his client.

2. Dion. Hal. 10-12, cf. D. Balsdon, JRS 61 (1971) 24f. Wiseman 1979, 154-61. Cf. also History 217 (1981) 38of; Griffin 1976, 89-96; G. Williams, Change and Decline: Roman Literature in the Early Empire (Berkeley 1978) ch. 3, esp. 112-16; Horsfall 1979, esp. 84-6. 34 NOBILIUM LUDI setting out to captivate R o m e with her melting eyes and her arms that flowed like water. Perhaps she performed at Marius' triumph in 101, when we k n o w there were 'Greek shows' in the theatre. , Greek influence on the mimic stage was all-pervading.

Hor. Sat. 5. Plut. Cic. 13, with Coarelli 1965-7, 67f; cf. also PBSR 42 (1974) 14-17, and J. A. Hanson, Roman Theater-Temples (Princeton 1959) 18-24. 26 NOBILIUM LUDI must have been close to the temple of the Magna Mater in the precinct of Victoria, where the ludi Megalenses were held every April, and probably also Sulla's ludi Victoriae every October. 4 1 An appropriate proximity, even if fortuitous; for it is quite clear that in the minds of Cicero and his audience, at least, Clodia was naturally associated with the stage.

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