Catullus Bedspread

Author: Daisy Dunn
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0062317032
Release Date: 2018-07-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first modern” poet, and follows a young man’s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing—an accessible, appealing look at one of history’s greatest poets. Born to one of Verona’s leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread—which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend. Catullus’ Bedspread includes an 8-page color insert.

Catullus Bedspread

Author: Daisy Dunn
Publisher: William Collins
ISBN: 000755432X
Release Date: 2017-01-12
Genre:

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Catullus Bedspread

Author: Daisy Dunn
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062317049
Release Date: 2016-07-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first modern” poet, and follows a young man’s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing—an accessible, appealing look at one of history’s greatest poets. Born to one of Verona’s leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread—which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend. Catullus’ Bedspread includes an 8-page color insert.

Catullus Bedspread The Life of Rome s Most Erotic Poet

Author: Daisy Dunn
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780007554348
Release Date: 2016-01-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

‘Haunting ... A moving introduction to the greatest love poet of all time’ Robert Harris ‘An amazing mixture of pacey biography and first rate literary analysis. Rome's most famous bad boy poet comes alive as never before. Stunning’ Boris Johnson

The Poems of Catullus

Author: Gaius Valerius Catullus
Publisher: Scripsi
ISBN: 9780955288418
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Latin poetry

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ... At non effugies meos iambos. II Hunc lucum tibi dedico Consecroque Priape, Qua domus tua Lampsacist Quaque lege Priapi. Nam te praecipue in suis Urbibus colit ora Hellespontia ceteris Ostriosior oris. NOTES i The dedication is to Cornelius Nepos, an amiable man but dull historian. It was probably intended as a preface to some only of the poems. 1. dorw, am I giving? more vivid than am I to give? though the latter is of course possible; cf. the well-known in qua te quaero proseucha? (Juv. iii. 296). 2. pumice. Cf. xxii. 8. 6. iam turn cum. Emphatic. Nepos found time to praise him even when engaged on his own great work. 7. Onme aevum, i.e. the Chronica of Nepos, a history of all time. 8. laboriosis, full of research. 9. quidquid hoc libelli, qualecunque. Self-depreciatory; whatever its worth, whatever its kind. 10. patrona virgo, Le. the Muse. The sudden invocation is not unnatural. Bergk's correction, patroni tit ergo, that for its patron's sake, is ingenious and gives additional point, but it is not necessary. 11. perenne, through the years; or perhaps unaging, an intentional surprise after plus uno. II To Lesbia's sparrow. 3. primum digitum, finger-tip. 5,6. When the bright lady of my longing love is minded to try some charming play (Munro). 8, 9. dolor, grief; e.g. at being parted from her lover, ardor, the passion of love. 9. credo, ah yes lit. I believe it, for Catullus has felt the same grief. Iia A fragment, or possibly complete in itself. Lesbia may have sent him an apple, a common lover's gift (cf. lxv. 19), and this may be his acknowledgment. puellae, Atalanta, who stopped to pick up the go...

Horace and Me

Author: Harry Eyres
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408818244
Release Date: 2013-07-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Horace lived at a pivotal moment. Rome was facing a profound crisis: though it ruled the world, the values which had made it great were disintegrating. As efficiency and pragmatism became watchwords, Horace championed the 'supremely useless' endeavour of poetry, and glorified friendship and wine. Horace and Me charts Harry Eyres' evolving relationship with the Latin poet to show how, in an era of affluence and excess which seems to be hurtling out of control, Horace can help us navigate our way in uncertain times.

The Priapus Poems

Author: Richard Walter Hooper
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252067525
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Literary Criticism

"Unmistakable by virtue of his exaggerated phallus, Priapus-one of Rome's minor fertility gods-inspired a host of epigrammatic poems that offer one of the best primary sources For The study of ancient sexuality.Despite their apparent frivolity, The Priapus poems raise basic questions of class and gender, censorship, And The nature of obscenity. The god's self-conscious indecency placed him squarely in the realm of comedy, but his role as guardian of fertility also gave him a deep religious significance. Richard Hooper's introduction explores this important duality and places the poems in their historical context.Essentially graffiti clothed in the refined forms of classical poetry,The Priapus Poemsoffers the reader ""a trip to Coney Island in a Rolls Royce."" Hooper's lively translation makes these playful poems available For The first time To The nonspecialist in an appealing, elegant, and readable version. This edition includes the original Latin texts as well as a commentary on classical references and textual problems."

Ovid Ars Amatoria

Author: Ovid
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521813700
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

A full-scale commentary emphasising the poem's didactic elements and its treatment of women.

Latin Erotic Elegy

Author: Paul Allen Miller
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135641955
Release Date: 2013-04-15
Genre: History

This indispensable volume provides a complete course on Latin erotic elegy, allowing students to trace a coherent narrative of the genre's rise and fall, and to understand its relationship to the changes that marked the collapse of the Roman republic, and the founding of the empire. The book begins with a detailed and wide-ranging introduction, looking at major figures, the evolution of the form, and the Roman context, with particular focus on the changing relations between the sexes. The texts that follow range from the earliest manifestations of erotic elegy, in Catullus, through Tibullus, Sulpicia (Rome's only female elegist), Propertius and Ovid. An accessible commentary explores the historical background, issues of language and style, and the relation of each piece to its author's larger body of work. The volume closes with an anthology of critical essays representative of the main trends in scholarship; these both illuminate the genre's most salient features and help the student understand its modern reception.

The Floating Book

Author: Michelle Lovric
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408842843
Release Date: 2013-06-03
Genre: Fiction

Venice, 1468. Sosia Simeon, a free-spirited sensualist, is the lover of many men in the fabled city, though married to one she despises. On the edge of the Grand Canal, Wendelin von Speyer sets up the first printing press in Venice and looks for the book that will make his fortune. When he tempts fate by publishing Catullus, the poet whose desperate and unrequited love inspired the most tender and erotic poems of antiquity, a scandal is set in motion that will change all their lives forever.

Roman Homosexuality

Author: Craig A. Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195388749
Release Date: 2010-02-01
Genre: History

"Ten years after its original publication, Roman Homosexuality remains the definitive statement on this fundamental but often misunderstood aspect of Roman culture. This second edition features a new foreword by Martha Nussbaum, a revised introduction and entirely new afterword that take account of recent developments in the field, a new appendix on the ancient graffiti from Pompeii, fresh new translations, and updated notes and bibliography." --Book Jacket.

Catullus Poems

Author: Gaius Valerius Catullus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472502636
Release Date: 2015-03-02
Genre: Literary Collections

Catullus, who lived from about 84 to 54 BC, was one of ancient Rome's most gifted, versatile and passionate poets. Living at a time of radical social change at the end of the Roman Republic, he belonged to a group of young poets who embraced Hellenistic forms to forge a new literary style, the so-called 'neoterics'. This comprehensive edition includes the complete, unabridged and unbowdlerised poems and is the definitive student edition of Catullus' work. The extensive introduction covers topics including the role of Catullus' literary paramour Lesbia, the few biographical certainties known about Catullus' life and other figures from the contemporary political scene. In addition to this, there is a brief overview of the poems' textual history, discussion of Catullus' style across the collection and linguistic discussions of morphology, vocabulary, syntax and metre. The commentary notes include individual introductions and bibliographies to each poem, as well as line by line notes which translate difficult phrases and gloss obscure words. In addition to this, more detailed explanations of poetic, structural and contextual points are also provided.

Latin Love Poetry

Author: Denise McCoskey
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781780761916
Release Date: 2013-12-18
Genre: History

The three major Roman love poets - Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid - are celebrated for the ways in which they used social and historical contexts, as well as a highly developed sense of place and landscape, to inform their explorations of passion and desire. These writers pursued both men and women, and expressed romantic attachments to the bucolic countryside as well as to the city of Rome. At the same time, they initiated a vibrant exchange with other genres and authors, and explored the art of writing as much as the experience of love itself. This new and attractive survey of a genre that is often called elegy - because of its metre - discusses the poets and their writings against the turbulent backdrop of the Augustan age (31 BCE-14 CE). It examines the literary origins of Latin elegy, highlights the poets' key themes and traces their reception by later writers and readers. Introducing the chief Latin elegists, as well as these poets' main sources of inspiration (Catullus, Cornelius Gallus and earlier Greek elegists like Euphorion of Chalcis), the book shows that love elegy is the defining genre of Roman poetry.

Poems and Selected Letters

Author: Veronica Franco
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226259854
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Genre: Poetry

Veronica Franco (whose life is featured in the motion picture Dangerous Beauty) was a sixteenth-century Venetian beauty, poet, and protofeminist. This collection captures the frank eroticism and impressive eloquence that set her apart from the chaste, silent woman prescribed by Renaissance gender ideology. As an "honored courtesan", Franco made her living by arranging to have sexual relations, for a high fee, with the elite of Venice and the many travelers—merchants, ambassadors, even kings—who passed through the city. Courtesans needed to be beautiful, sophisticated in their dress and manners, and elegant, cultivated conversationalists. Exempt from many of the social and educational restrictions placed on women of the Venetian patrician class, Franco used her position to recast "virtue" as "intellectual integrity," offering wit and refinement in return for patronage and a place in public life. Franco became a writer by allying herself with distinguished men at the center of her city's culture, particularly in the informal meetings of a literary salon at the home of Domenico Venier, the oldest member of a noble family and a former Venetian senator. Through Venier's protection and her own determination, Franco published work in which she defended her fellow courtesans, speaking out against their mistreatment by men and criticizing the subordination of women in general. Venier also provided literary counsel when she responded to insulting attacks written by the male Venetian poet Maffio Venier. Franco's insight into the power conflicts between men and women and her awareness of the threat she posed to her male contemporaries make her life and work pertinent today.