n Akroterion - The heart of the poet at the heart of his poem : the manner and purpose of Catullus’ identification with Ariadne in Poem 64 - CASA essay

Volume 63 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The essay competition is sponsored by the Classical Association of South Africa. This paper was judged to be the best student essay submitted to CASA for 2018.

In recent times, the longer poems of Catullus have been receiving renewed attention. Previously regarded as highly technical, impersonal works written to earn the poet the epithet of doctus in neoteric circles, there is now a greater tendency to see them as personal expressions of the Catullan persona1 in much the same way as it is accepted that his shorter, lyric poems do (Putnam 1961:165). In Poem 64, written in epic meter and dealing with epic heroes and their deeds, Catullus embeds deeply lyrical concerns relating to love, betrayal and grief at the very heart of his epyllion (Konstan 1993:71).

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