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By Gaius Valerius Catullus

Catullus, who lived in the course of probably the most attention-grabbing and tumultuous years of the past due Roman Republic, spent his brief yet excessive lifestyles (?84-54 B.C.E.) in excessive Roman society, rubbing shoulders with numerous cultural and political luminaries, together with Caesar, Cicero, and Pompey. Catullus's poetry is through turns ribald, lyric, romantic, satirical; occasionally obscene and continuously clever, it bargains us bright photos of the poet's associates, enemies, and enthusiasts. The verses to his buddies are bitchy, humorous, and affectionate; these to his enemies are usually splendidly nasty. Many poems brilliantly evoke his passionate affair with Lesbia, frequently pointed out as Clodia Metelli, a femme fatale ten years his senior and the clever, adulterous spouse of an boastful 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 enticing. in contrast to its predecessors, it adheres to the primary that the rhythm of a poem, even if widespread or now not, is one of the most important parts for its complete appreciation. eco-friendly presents an essay at the poet's existence and literary historical past, a ancient cartoon 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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