Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Catullus
(3,774 words)

(Gaius Valerius Catullus)

A. Historical dimension

Gaius Valerius C. (c. 85–5 BC), a native of Verona, was the most important Roman poet of the late Republic. His works, amounting to approximately 2,300 lines, can be divided into three groups: the so-called polymetra (shorter poems in a variety of metres), the carmina maiora ('greater poems', which treat occasional and mythological subjects alike in highly complex forms and correspondingly diverse metres), and the epigrams in elegiac couplets (the brevity of which lends them a somewhat reflective character). As poeta doctus ("lear…

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Krasser, Helmut, “Catullus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004602>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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