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    Happier Transports To Be: Catullus' Poem 4:Phaselus Ille

    O'Brien, Maeve (2006) Happier Transports To Be: Catullus' Poem 4:Phaselus Ille. Classics Ireland, 13. pp. 59-75.

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    The poeta doctus Catullus is, on the face of it, omnipresent in his poetry, often by name. The reader imagines she knows Catullus, but who does she know? In the end, miser or pessimus poeta, all that remains of Catullus in his poetry. Few figures in the ancient world are as perplexing. His poems require an effort of interpretation from the reader their brevity belies. For instance, Catullus' Poem 4 is always a source of puzzlement - to me anyway. Is it autobiographical? Is the yacht real? How significant is the epic voyage it describes? The answers might be: Does it matter? You cannot be serious. Significant. Poem 4 is the focus of my remarks here. However, the poems of the first eleven not associated with Lesbia, that is, Poems 4, 6, 9, and 10 will make an apperance. To the best of my knowledge these poems have not been treated of together with one another and separate from the other poems about Lesbia in the first eleven.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Catullus; Imperium; Phaselus;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Ancient Classics
    Item ID: 757
    Depositing User: Maeve O'Brien
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2007
    Journal or Publication Title: Classics Ireland
    Publisher: Classical Association of Ireland
    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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