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    Being Beatvs in Catillis' Poems 9, 10, 22 and 23

    O'Hearn, Leah (2020) Being Beatvs in Catillis' Poems 9, 10, 22 and 23. The Classical Quarterly, 70 (2). pp. 691-706. ISSN 1471-6844

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    sat es beatus (Catull. 23.27) In the aggressively philosophical poem 23, Catullus attempts to change Furius’ mind about how he perceives his poverty, ‘advice’ which has been identified as either Stoic or Epicurean. Irrespective of the precise school of thought, it is clear that the poet ridicules Furius in eudaimonistic language. The poet of social commentary seeks to define the beatus uir. In fact, the term beatus has rich philosophical resonance and Catullus uses it in several other poems where attitudes to wealth form a significant backdrop to the poet's social posturing. Catullus was no philosopher. He employs the language and ideas of different schools, and, while his work does not reflect a coherent philosophical position, he was writing at a time when public discourse increasingly drew upon philosophical language and topoi. I will examine Catullus’ use of the term beatus in poems 9, 10, 22 and 23 to demonstrate that the poet draws a contrast between its different meanings across these pairs of adjacent poems. I will argue that Catullus contrasts the eudaimonistic and material meanings of the word to show the differences between clear-sighted wisdom and deceptive pleasures, between the good life and a life filled with goods.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Beatvs; Catilli; Poems;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Ancient Classics
    Item ID: 17677
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    Depositing User: Leah O'Hearn
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2023 10:19
    Journal or Publication Title: The Classical Quarterly
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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