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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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The Catullan Corpus, Greek Epigram, and the Poetry of Objects *

The Catullan Corpus, Greek Epigram, and the Poetry of Objects *

(p.109) 5 The Catullan Corpus, Greek Epigram, and the Poetry of Objects*
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Greek papyri, especially of epigrams, are used to show the connections and problems of the Catullan corpus. It is argued that a three-book collected edition does not fit the ancient material: poems 61-4 were issued separately; a (1-60) and c (65-116) are the somewhat distorted remains of two simultaneous books, which are to be read together and compared. c falls into two parts (c1 65-68b, c2 69-116) which are themselves to be contrasted, and which between them display Catullus matching the range of Callimachus' elegy. c2, c1, and a are seen to exploit differently the concern of epigram with physical objects. In c2 the objects are parts of the body; this helps c2 create a distinctive world.

Keywords:   epigram, objects, Catullus, Catullan corpus, Callimachus, elegy, papyri, collected edition

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