Abstract

Abstract:

This study addresses the old question of poem-arrangement in the Catullan corpus from a new angle. It looks to a close-predecessor of Catullus, the epigrammatist Meleager, and traces of his Garland preserved in the Anthologia Palatina (hereafter AP), for parallels of compositional and organizational technique. Examination of a pair of Meleagrean sequences (AP 7.195–6; 5.6–8) and individual Catullan poems (2; 70) shows Catullus carefully included key words and sounds from the sequences he imitated. Comparison of AP 6.300–303 and Catullus 12–14 shows Catullus also imitated Meleager's use of key words and sounds in the composition of sequences of poems.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-5157
Print ISSN
1040-3612
Pages
pp. 51-79
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-15
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2021
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