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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (30 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806136359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806136356
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Garrison is Associate Professor of Classics in Northwestern University. He received an A.B. degree in Classics from Harvard, an M.A. degree in Greek from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many other books and articles on the classics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Me on 16 Jan. 2009
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A good all round student's intoduction to Catullus but it is ruined by the introduction and all notes being in very small font size. It makes studying from it much more difficult than it should be.

A pity as Daniel H. Garrison has a lot of good and interesting points to make but the assoc. eye strain is annoying!
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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
a fine latin edition of Catullus 3 Dec. 1999
By Al Kihano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Catullus is lovely. We should all read him once a week, lest we lose our exuberance and become prudes.
This paperback edition is excellent for students of Latin, but beware that there are no English translations. There are, however, extensive and high-quality notes by Garrison, including grammatical explanations and vocabulary.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The perfect edition for students 12 Aug. 2000
By Eric R Schmitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This handy edition is perfect for the casual reader of Latin. Garrison's extensive notes answer most questions a reader is likely to have concerning the grammer and they also provide a considerable amount of relevent mythology. The book also contains a complete vocabulary which I have found invaluable. This is not a scholarly edition, but provides everything for the non-scholar.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Flawed... 31 May 2000
By lfratan@acad.udallas.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Garrison's book is not the soundest text for people reading Catullus in Latin. For one thing, the book does a disservice in "titling" every poem in the collection with an English one-liner...this goes a long way towards influencing the reader before s/he even reads the Latin. Second, there is no critical apparatus with the Latin text...and with a poet like Catullus, for whom textual issues are more than marginally important, this is a lamentable loss...even beginning Latin students can be sophisticated enough not to think that the text of an author was handed down by Jupiter on golden tablets...or in this case, in a forest green paperback. Fordyce's 1961 Oxford commentary remains standard for the poems he covers (and contrary to popular lore he did not leave the others out out of a sense of Puritanism but rather because the Oxford Press at the time thought the book would sell to a larger market with the obscene poems omitted)...there is also Merrill, still in print (he has every poem)...and for more accomplished Latinists, we now have Thomson's big 1997 volume. If you can find it, Kenneth Quinn's 1970 commentary on the whole corpus is also worth a close look...
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Superlative resource for AP or college-level students. 28 Dec. 1999
By Adrian Packel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is simply outstanding--recommended for anyone formally studying Catullus, or perhaps even any Latin student with a passing interest in the poet. Garrison is quite good, for the most part, at letting the poems shine forth unobstructed by any sort of critical commentary. At the same time, he provides a great deal of useful background info for each poem, elucidating quite well the figures and places of Catullus' works, as well as extensive notes, often covering many of the more obscure aspects of the poems.
Any drawbacks of the text escape my mind--I have had nothing but positive experiences using Garrison's text. For those studying the poems of Catullus at or below the college level, it's indubitably the best of its kind.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A bit of an eyesore of a book, but useful 29 Jun. 2006
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Daniel H. Garrison's THE STUDENT'S CATULLUS, published by University of Oklahoma press, contains all 113 poems of the standard collection which are belived to be authentic, including the fragmentary poems. Garrison provides an introduction and notes for the individual poems, as well as four appendices on various matters ("People", "Meters", "[Poetic] Terms", and "Poetic Usage") and a complete vocabulary. In his notes, Garrison often directs the student towards the meaning without giving it away as such, preserving the comedic impact of much of the shorter poems. While no scholar could deny the obscenity of much of Catullus' poetry, Garrison sometimes shows a shyness in his notes which I found odd. I used THE STUDENT'S CATULLUS for a semester-long course at Loyola University Chicago, and thought that it served my needs well.

If there is one big downside to the book, it is the typesetting. The Latin text is fine, but the notes and commentary are all done in hideous double-columns and a typeface smaller than the Latin. This is one of the least professional-looking academic books I've come across in a while. Still, that doesn't stop the content from being useful, so THE STUDENT'S CATULLUS is worth seeking out.
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