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By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Catullus, who lived in the course of the most fascinating and tumultuous years of the overdue Roman Republic, spent his brief yet severe lifestyles (?84-54 B.C.E.) in excessive Roman society, rubbing shoulders with quite a few cultural and political luminaries, together with Caesar, Cicero, and Pompey. Catullus's poetry is through turns ribald, lyric, romantic, satirical; occasionally obscene and regularly clever, it deals us bright photos of the poet's acquaintances, enemies, and enthusiasts. The verses to his pals are bitchy, humorous, and affectionate; these to his enemies are frequently splendidly nasty. Many poems brilliantly evoke his passionate affair with Lesbia, usually pointed out as Clodia Metelli, a femme fatale ten years his senior and the clever, adulterous spouse of an conceited aristocrat. Cicero later claimed she poisoned her husband.

This new bilingual translation of Catullus's surviving poems by way of Peter eco-friendly is clean, bawdy, and completely attractive. not like its predecessors, it adheres to the main that the rhythm of a poem, no matter if regularly occurring or no longer, is one of the most vital components for its complete appreciation. eco-friendly offers an essay at the poet's lifestyles and literary heritage, a ancient comic strip of the politically fraught past due Roman Republic during which Catullus lived, copious notes at the poems, a wide-ranging bibliography for extra analyzing, and a whole glossary.

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