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By David Wray

This publication applies comparative cultural and literary types to a studying of Catullus' poems as social performances of a 'poetics of manhood': a competitively, usually outrageously, self-allusive bid for reputation and admiration. previous readings of Catullus, in keeping with Romantic and Modernist notions of 'lyric' poetry, have tended to target the connection with Lesbia and to disregard nearly all of the shorter poems, that are as an alternative directed at different males. Professor Wray techniques those poems within the gentle of more moderen types for realizing male social interplay within the premodern Mediterranean, putting them of their in particular Roman historic context whereas bringing out their strikingly 'postmodern' traits. the result's an alternate method of examining the fiercely competitive and delicately subtle agonism played in Catullus' shorter poems. All Latin and Greek quoted is provided with an English translation.

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