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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (9 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537570
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`The best current translator of Latin poetry, Guy Lee, has now turned his attention to "The Poems of Catullus" ... this is yet another distinguished version from Lee's pen which deserves to become the standard version both for those with Latin and those studying Catullus in translation, and its author deserves hearty congratulations.' Greece and Rome

'the work of a consummate Latinist ... with a desire to communicate something of the elegance and verbal flair of his original, a matter close to L.'s heart as the crisp introduction makes plain ... a very persuasive book'Roland Mayer, King's College, London, The Classical Review, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, 1993

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2009
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Catullus, writing in the Rome of Julius Caesar and Cicero, is probably one of the most accessible of classical poets: his searing, emotionally raw and huanting Lesbia poems, especially, seem to inscribe the very nature of sexual obsession on the page.

But he is worth reading for the 'long' poems too, the extraordinary Attis poem (poem 63) and the Marriage of Peleus and Thetis (poem 64)which has such an impact on the Renaissance erotic epyllion.

Lee is a sensitive translator who turns the poems into texts which stand up in their own right in English, but it is impossible to convey the spiky texture of Catullus' original Latin.

If you have any Latin it's worth investing in the Loeb edition (Catullus' Latin, especially in the love lyrics, is pretty easy, probably about 'A' level standard), but if not then this is a fine alternative and much better than the Penguin looser translation.
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The Roman lyric poet Gaius Valerius Catullus (c.84-c.54) wrote many poems concerning love, showing a depth of sincere feelings; elegies and satirical epigrams and many other forms. During the Middle Ages his work became mostly forgotten until he was re-discovered in the 14th Century. His work influenced later poets such as Robert Herrick (1591-1675), Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) and Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892). Very enjoyable!
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2012
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If cost is not an option I advise the potential buyer to instead go for Poems of Catullus: A Bilingual Edition. I find the translations more readable and they feel to me to more closely capture the meaning.
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By Ellie Tucker on 3 Oct. 2013
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I needed this for my course and it was well worth it. Nothing makes you happier on a cold wet day in November more than a tiny little old lady giggling and yelling 'I'll bugger you and stuff your gobs'.
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By Mark on 11 May 2013
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They say Catullus is one of the most accessible of the classic poets, and they are right. It's great poetry, modern, just like many of his contemporaries. Read Catullus, you'll love him too.
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