A Commentary on Catullus by Robinson Ellis

By Robinson Ellis

This 1876 paintings is the magisterial statement through the Oxford student Robinson Ellis (1834-1913) at the lifestyles and oeuvre of the Roman poet Catullus, whose paintings illuminates the last years of the Roman Republic. Our wisdom of Catullus' existence derives virtually solely from his personal writings. 3 manuscripts live on which include a set of poems which are ascribed to him, and all 3 date from the fourteenth century. Ellis considers the study that has already been undertaken at the poet and his atmosphere yet regularly attracts on his personal paintings in assessing the price of the Renaissance Italian commentators who proven the widely authorized poetic canon. He lines the Greek impacts that Catullus used to be uncovered to and discusses his use of other metres, whereas additionally speculating at the identification of his liked Lesbia, a arguable query nonetheless unresolved within the twenty-first century.

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36 to Verona: to his retirement there we owe LXVIII. 1-40, the Coma Beronices translated from Callimachus, the poem accompanying it sent to Hortalus (LXV) and later the conclusion of LXVIII, vv. 41-160, an elaborate encomion addressed to Allius. Catullus has expressed his deep grief for this brother in three distinct poems, (a) LXVIII. 19-26, 91-100 where five verses are repeated twice 20-24, 92-96; (b) LXV. 5-14; (c) CI written on visiting the tomb at Rhoeteum. His CIRCUMSTANCES. He often alludes jestingly to his poverty.

Alterth. iv. pp. 192, 3 : ). This new province is stated by Appian to have been administered by a praetor yearly sent by the senate (B. Mith. 121) ; and it is to this enlarged, reorganized, and in 57 pacificated, province that Memmius is generally thought to have been despatched, as C. Papirius Carbo certainly was (Zumpt Studia Romana p. 49), pro praetore. It is not to be denied that nothing in the poems of Catullus which refer to Bithynia indicates that war was then raging on the frontiers : on the contrary they seem to imply peace, especially IV, which traces the long and in 65 dangerous voyage from Amastris through the Propontis and Hellespont down the coast of Asia Minor to the Cyclades; and the mere fact that Catullus had his yacht built at Amastris, and seems himself to have been there, perhaps points to the town being at the time included in the province of Bithynia2.

In the first foot of each half of the verse; seven times in the former, twice in the latter. It is very doubtful whether Catullus admitted any resolved syllable : hence Haupt's conjecture mulierarios in 5 is open to objection. 6. Glyconei, XXXIV LXI. XXXIV has three glyconics followed by a pherecratean. Glyconei —— w — Pherecrateus — ^ ~wu ^ — —— — w The Glyconics never admit a dactyl in the last foot: the concluding syllable of which is always long either by nature or position (- u - not LXI is composed of two systems (a) of 3 glyconics, (b) of 1 glyconic and 1 pherecratean; (a) is separated from (b) by the occasional interruption of the synapheia, in 116 136 146 151 156 161 166 171 176 181 216, as shown by the fact that the third glyconic is allowed to end c 2 xxxvi PROLEGOMENA.

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