By Robinson Ellis
This 1876 paintings is the magisterial statement through the Oxford student Robinson Ellis (1834-1913) at the existence and oeuvre of the Roman poet Catullus, whose paintings illuminates the ultimate years of the Roman Republic. Our wisdom of Catullus' existence derives nearly fullyyt from his personal writings. 3 manuscripts continue to exist which include a set of poems which are ascribed to him, and all 3 date from the fourteenth century. Ellis considers the learn that has already been undertaken at the poet and his setting yet as a rule attracts on his personal paintings in assessing the worth of the Renaissance Italian commentators who proven the widely authorized poetic canon. He lines the Greek affects that Catullus was once 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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Two hendecasyllables ap. Macrob. S. i. 18. 16 have been referred to the Erotopaegnia of Laevius ; it is found in several fragments of M. Varro, and in two poems of Furius Bibaculus ap. Suet. Gram. 11. Catullus and Calvus made it fashionable; hence it occurs in the fragments of Cinna and Cornificius, in the Catalecta and Priapia, in fragments of Maecenas, in Petronius Martial and Statius. Meineke (Anal. Alex. p. 378) attributes the use of hendecasyllables in long poems like Statius' Via Domiliana and Genethliacon Lucani to Greek models, perhaps to the Aeo-x<« of Heraclides Ponticus, a poem in three books written fierp
, in the reign of Claudius or Nero.
Widely as these writers differed in genius, they must together have done much to idealize a passion which was hardly considered reputable by the Romans even in the last days of the Republic; and we may feel pretty sure that those who accepted their grace and imaginativeness did not altogether escape their immorality. The characteristics of the Alexandrian school then may be thus summarized; precision in form and metre, refinement in diction, a learning often degenerating into pedantry and obscurity, a resolute avoidance of everything common-place in subject, sentiment, or allusion.
Cato Stoicus Philosophus agnoscitur . . 6 9 0 1 . 1 7 8 . 4 Birth of H o r a c e at Venusia 65 0 1 . 180. 2 Birth of Messala Corvinus a n d Livy . - 5 9 0 1 . 180. 3 D e a t h of Catullus at R o m e , aged 30 . . 58 Virgil educating at C r e m o n a . . • - 5 8 0 1 . 1 8 1 . 4 Virgil takes the toga virilis, goes to Milan, then to R o m e 53 xlvi PROLEGOMENA. 01. 184. 3 Death of Cicero Birth of Ovid 01, 184. 4 Death of Cornificius 01. 185. 1 Floruit of Cornelius Nepos 01. 186. 1 Death of Sallust 01.
A Commentary on Catullus by Robinson Ellis