Love by the Numbers: Form and the Meaning in the Poetry of Catullus

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Peter Lang Pub Incorporated, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 366 pages
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The poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus survived antiquity by the slimmest of threads. This study concerns the controversial issue of whether the order of the collection was contrived by the poet himself. Love by the Numbers offers new and compelling evidence that Catullus shaped the work into an exquisitely interrelated whole. The aesthetic patterning is highly significant because it offers fresh solutions to long-standing problems of text and interpretation. The development of deeply learned philological analysis in the service of elucidating widely applicable human concerns makes this book a relative rarity in the field of Classics, a work of hard scholarship that informs a human sensibility toward matters of the heart.

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Contents

Chapter Two The Polymetra
13
Chapter Three The Central Poems
115
Chapter Four Caelius Rufus
151
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Helena Dettmer and Marcia Lindgren both teach in the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa.

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