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Catullus was a member of the elite, and his family would naturally have cultivated a powerful man like Julius Caesar, who could have advanced their son's career.
Catullus mocks the practive of "networking" in Poem 28: "i, pete nobiles amicos (So much for running after powerful friends!)" And he never treated Caesar with much respect.
As a poet, Catullus was revolutionary in ignoring the public audience, and writing intensely about his personal experience for an audience of fellow-poets alone.
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  Gaius Valerius Catullus - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The admiration of Catullus for Sappho, the Lesbian poetess, which is clearly indicated by the imitation of her language in his fifty-first and sixty-second poems, affords an obvious explanation of the Greek name which he gave to his Roman mistress.
Catullus brought into this circle the genius of a great poet, the social vivacity of a vigorous nature, the simplicity and sincerity of an unambitious, and the warmth of an affectionate disposition.
But the perfection of the art of Catullus is seen in his employment of those metres which he adapted to the Latin tongue from the earlier poets of Greece, the pure iambic trimeter, as in iv.
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  Gaius Valerius Catullus Biography - Poems
Gaius Valerius Catullus was born in 84 BCE.
Catullus' poetry was influenced mostly by the Greek neoteroi, especially that of Callimachus, who created a new style of poetry turning away from classical epic poetry in the tradition of Homer.
Catullus 51 is in fact a direct verse translation of Sappho 31, while Catullus 61 and Catullus 62 were inspired by and perhaps translations of Sappho.
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  Catullus, U. of Saskatchewan
Catullus does not seem to be indignant at any illegal activity on the part of these governors, however, but rather at the fact that neither he nor his friends were able to profit from their service as part of these governors' cohorts.
Catullus thus represents a social as well as a literary phenomenon, providing us with a glimpse of the life and concerns of a wealthy and talented member of the equestrian class in the midst of the turmoil of the Late Republic.
In this sense Catullus' poetry serves as a useful corrective to the gloomy picture conveyed by the violent and chaotic politics of this period: it is clear that, despite the uncertainties of the times, for many people life went along its usual course.
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 Gaius Valerius Catullus
Catullus wrote about himself (2); his poems were about things that nobody but he and a few other poet friends would care about- the daily life and trials of a well to do intelligentsia who had nothing better to do but make fun of people and lust after another man’s wife.
Catullus was not impressed with his family’s connections though, and made fun of the practice of networking in one of his poems: “I, pete nobiles amicos” (So much for running after powerful friends!).
Catullus authored 116 poems that are divided into sixty short poems called polymetra, eight longer poems consisting of seven hymns and one mini-epic, and forty eight epigrams.
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 Dylan Bragg
Catullus wants to experience and enjoy life to the fullest and this huge number of kisses represents a lifetime of loving.
The joke is that Catullus, who has just uttered an outpouring of honest emotion, finishes off with an attempt to bargain with Lesbia like a shrewd salesman, appealing to her logic yet intending to satisfy his own desire.
While it is true that Catullus speaks very passionately of his anger and pain after he and Lesbia parted, even his saddest poems show a sense of optimism behind the curtain of cynicism.
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 DL - Latinlit - Carmina - People of Catullus
Catullus and his associates came to be known as the
In many of his poems, Catullus expresses positive and negative feelings towards his love affair with a woman he calls Lesbia.
In 57 BC, Catullus traveled to the neighboring province of Bithynia in order to serve his time in the military and gain some wealth.
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 The Life of Catullus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
She was obviously married, and Catullus mentions an adulterous affair with this Lesbia, so that lends creedence to it being the first one.
Catullus obviously didn't want there to be a focus on his relationship with this mystery woman, otherwise he wouldn't have left her name a mystery.
Catullus was a good poet who was tormented by the death of his brother, and the rejection of his love Clodia/Lesbia, and by the loss of his friends.
faculty.vassar.edu /jolott/old_courses/republic1998/catullus/life.html   (747 words)

 The Life of Catullus
She was obviously married, and Catullus mentions an adulterous affair with this Lesbia, so that lends creedence to it being the first one.
Catullus obviously didn't want there to be a focus on his relationship with this mystery woman, otherwise he wouldn't have left her name a mystery.
Catullus was a good poet who was tormented by the death of his brother, and the rejection of his love Clodia/Lesbia, and by the loss of his friends.
www.quia.com /files/quia/users/rhodese/The-Life-of-Catullus   (747 words)

The only complaint we can have about Catullus' writing is that there is so little of it, but even so Catullus is a major figure in literature, his fire and romantic sense of involvement is rare overall, and unique in the annals of Roman writing.
Catullus is an aristocratic young man-about-town, and while his obscenities may be gross, they belong to his class.
Catullus is obscene as EE Cumming can be obscene when the mood moves him.
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 Gaius Valerius Catullus Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography
Catullus belonged to a circle of neoteroi, or "new poets," who used as their models the learned Greek poet-scholars at Alexandria in the Hellenistic period and wrote elegant, allusive, and highly finished poems on love, mythology, and other topics.
Catullus could be witty and charming, as in poem 13, an "invitation" to one Fabullus to dine with him--but he must bring his own dinner, for the poet's wallet is full of cobwebs.
Catullus could be witty and obscene, as in poem 39, on a certain Egnatius, who continually grins, whether appropriately or inappropriately, in order to show off his brilliant white teeth.
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At the time Catullus was writing, the popular form of poetry was long historical or mythological epics, on a par with Homer's Odessey or Illiad.
Catullus went to Rome early in life and spent most of his time there, with the exception of his service on the staff of C. Memmius, governor of Bithynia in 57/6 BCE.
Given Catullus’ precise and Callimachean nature, it is unlikely that he would have created such an imbalance in the number of lines performed by each group.
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 Gaius Valerius Catullus
Catullus was still alive in 55-54 BC on the evidence of four of his poems and died young, according to the poet Ovid at the age of 30.
Catullus' 116 extant poems were mostly written between 61 and 54 BC but cannot be dated exactly.
Some of it was sweet and joyful, the rest moving and sad, singing to us of the poet's ancestral homeland; the love of a mistress; the death of a dear brother; the goddess Diana, revered by the Romans as the embodiment of hunting and healing.
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 Some points in Catullus:
Catullus is perhaps most famous for his affair, (and poems about that affair) with Lesbia, AKA Clodia.
Especially fine too is 8, in which Catullus vows to get over his obsession, only to fall back into it as he thinks about her and her love life.
Catullus raises it to a fine art, as seen on the poem on your handout.
chss2.montclair.edu /classics/romciv/catullus.html   (1200 words)

 Catullus - Catullus Translations - Welcome - Gaius Valerius Catullus
All texts of Catullus in Latin, including the most famous Lesbia poems, which variously express deep passion and devotion, and hatred and scorn for a mysterious lady, identified only as Lesbia.
Read about Catullus himself, his love for Lesbia and the style of his poetry.
Compare two Catullus texts in different languages line by line with the "Compare two languages" feature at every Catullus text page.
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 The Poems of Catullus
Green's translation should encourage readers of all kinds to read or re-read Catullus, one of the greatest and most influential of all classical poets.
The reader's excited anticipation of pleasure and instruction on receiving a new translation of a Latin poet by Green is not disappointed.
Catullus, who lived during some of the most interesting and tumultuous years of the late Roman Republic, spent his short but intense life (?84-54 B.C.E.) in high Roman society, rubbing shoulders with various cultural and political luminaries, including Caesar, Cicero, and Pompey.
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/10257.html   (708 words)

 Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - Gaius Valerius Catullus
From his poems it is known that he went to Bithynia as an aide to the governor of that province in 57-56 B.C. We also know from Cicero that Catullus was one of the "neoteric" or new poets.
Aside from these facts, what is known of the life of Catullus comes from the thoughts expressed in his poems.
John Milton spoke Catullus' "Satyirical sharpness, or naked plainness." Catullus has also been praised as a lyricist by twentieth century poets, and translated by writers as diverse as Thomas Campion, William Wordsworth, and Louis Zukofsky.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/606   (590 words)

 AllRefer.com - Catullus (Classical Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Catullus wrote to his beloved, addressed as Lesbia (to recall Sappho of Lesbos), a series of superb little poems that run from early passion and tenderness to the hatred and disillusionment that overwhelmed him after his mistress was faithless.
He was influenced by the Alexandrians and drew much on the Greeks for form and meter, but his genius outran all models.
Catullus is one of the greatest lyric poets of all time.
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 The Poems of Catullus by Derek Adams
Catullus had an older brother, who died presumably in civil or military service as he was buried somewhere in the Troad, which is the area around Troy.
The fact that Catullus and Memmius may have been lovers is not improbable as Catullus had other homosexual affairs, such as with Juventias to whom he wrote several poems.
Catullus relationships with Clodia seem to have been a stormy affair to say the least, the emotions expressed in his poems go up and down like a roller-coaster.
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One of the main problems with getting to grips with Catullus is that everything gets to you secondhand, through translations and even if you can read Latin fluently, there are discrepancies between the five oldest copies of the poems.
Poem 68 was written from Verona, where Catullus had returned to his family home on the news of his brother's death.
While he explains in the introduction that "no one reading [Catullus'] poems today can tell where self-revelation gives way to invention," the actual effect of the notes is to convey a sense that all the poems are autobiographical.
www.lycos.com /info/catullus--poems.html   (411 words)

 Catullus, 1-14
Although I agree with Skinner that the scorta in Catullus' polymetrics are generally present as a foil to the image of lepida Lesbia, this particular scortillum causes a small chink to appear in the speaker's armor of elegant charm.
Their message is a discordant recollection of the days when bright suns shone and Catullus proclaimed, "vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus." Here the words, "cum suis vivat valeatque moechis" transfer the beloved Lesbia of poem 5 to the sordid inelegant world of the scorta.
In this literary world of love and charm, the psychology of the young, revolutionary types is expressed in the psychology of their literary, social, and love endeavors, all of which at times share vocabulary and coexist in parallel lines of meaning for the same piece.
www.sewanee.edu /faculty/seiters/classdoc/Cat1to14.html   (3135 words)

Generally speaking, the joke of Catullus' exposing Caecilius as a forger would be very much in line with the Catullus as we know him from the rest of his short poems.
In addition, among the most interesting of Catullus' invective poems are some pieces that, just as c.35, seem to be performing a form of punishment of friends on the level of language.
We do not know whether Catullus composed his poem from beginning to end, but it is at least possible that Caecilius used these lines from the beginning of c.63 to make a lasting impression upon his girl.
www.let.ru.nl /V.Hunink/documents/catullus_md.htm   (1558 words)

 DL - latinlit - carmina -people of catullus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Friend of Catullus who is asked to speak on Catullus' behalf to Lesbia.
Catullus thinks he writes too much poetry, and compares it unfavorably to Cinna's Zymrna.
Catullus admires his work, but their friendship is so strong that they enjoy laughing at each other.
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 Catullus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Gaius Valerius Catullus was born in Verona about 84 b.c.e.
Catullus wrote poems on mythological themes (such as Poem 64 about Theseus, Ariadne, and Dionysus) and personal insults to contemporary figures, but he is better remembered for his Lesbia poems (so called because of Sappho's inspiration).
These 25 poems were probably written to a woman named Clodia, some years older than the poet, who was technically married, among the arostocracy, and about whom rumors circulated that she had slept with her brother and poisoned her husband.
www.wsu.edu /~delahoyd/catullus.html   (204 words)

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