Episode 1 - Introduction to Catullus and Catullus 1 (I)

Cornelius Nepos 

Cornelius Nepos 

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CVI dono lepidum nouum libellum
arida modo pumice expolitum?
Corneli, tibi: namque tu solebas
meas esse aliquid putare nugas.
iam tum, cum ausus es unus Italorum                         5
omne aeuum tribus explicare cartis
doctis, Iuppiter, et laboriosis.
quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli
qualecumque; quod, <o> patrona uirgo,
plus uno maneat perenne saeclo.                                 10

 

Bibliography

Elder, J.P. (1967). Catullus I, his poetic creed, and Nepos. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 71, 143-149.

Fordyce, C.J. (1961). Catullus. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Garrison, D.H. (2008). The Student’s Catullus (3rd ed.). Norman, USA: University of Oklahoma Press.

Godwin, J. (1999). Catullus: The Shorter Poems. Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips Ltd.

Singleton, D. (1972). A note on Catullus’ first poem. Classical Philology, 67.3, 192-196.

 

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