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The Mirror of Catullus: Poems 12, 22, 39, 41, 42 and 84

The Mirror of Catullus: Poems 12, 22, 39, 41, 42 and 84 Abstract: In poems 12, 22, 39, 41, 42 and 84, Catullus ridicules his characters for a variety of annoying habits (writing bad poetry, stealing others' belongings, inappropriate smiling, and chronic mispronunciations). The poems have been interpreted as attacks upon their subjects' provincial or low-class origins, but these habits do not result from accidental circumstances. Catullus' characters have purposefully cultivated their habits in order to show off their beauty, wit or talent. Unfortunately, their attempts at self-promotion have the opposite effect; their actions demonstrate that they are far less talented, handsome or witty than they believe themselves to be. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Syllecta Classica Department of Classics @ the University of Iowa

The Mirror of Catullus: Poems 12, 22, 39, 41, 42 and 84

Syllecta Classica , Volume 22 (1) – May 16, 2011

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Abstract

Abstract: In poems 12, 22, 39, 41, 42 and 84, Catullus ridicules his characters for a variety of annoying habits (writing bad poetry, stealing others' belongings, inappropriate smiling, and chronic mispronunciations). The poems have been interpreted as attacks upon their subjects' provincial or low-class origins, but these habits do not result from accidental circumstances. Catullus' characters have purposefully cultivated their habits in order to show off their beauty, wit or talent. Unfortunately, their attempts at self-promotion have the opposite effect; their actions demonstrate that they are far less talented, handsome or witty than they believe themselves to be.

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Syllecta ClassicaDepartment of Classics @ the University of Iowa

Published: May 16, 2011

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