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The Poems of Catullus (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – January 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0199537570 ISBN-10: 0199537577

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537570
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`The best current translator of Latin poetry, Guy Lee, has now turned his attention to "The Poems of Catullus" ... this is yet another distinguished version from Lee's pen which deserves to become the standard version both for those with Latin and those studying Catullus in translation, and its author deserves hearty congratulations.' Greece and Rome

'the work of a consummate Latinist ... with a desire to communicate something of the elegance and verbal flair of his original, a matter close to L.'s heart as the crisp introduction makes plain ... a very persuasive book' Roland Mayer, King's College, London, The Classical Review, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, 1993

About the Author

Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 84 BC ca. 54 BC) was one of the most influential Roman poets of the 1st century BC. His work is still widely studied, and his perennial influence continues to be seen in poetry and other forms of art. Guy Lee is a Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Moira Lirtzman on September 18, 2012
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The translations are generally flawless. If you are a Latin scholar, it is nice that they put the Latin and the English together on facing pages so you can go back and forth and see what the translator did to try to capture the tricks of meter and such in the translations. If you are just reading them for fun, the translations are not jerky or stilted like some others I could name.
If you engage the content of the poetry at all you'll find it is a pretty fantastic narrative of Roman life in the time. Individual lines and individual poems may stand out more to you if you're in various situations, but for the most part, they're among the most vibrant poems of their day. They're much more blue-collar than many of the poems you'll read from other Roman authors, so be ready for some vulgarity, but they stand out as truly great.
Overall, this is the translation I recommend to EVERYONE.
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Catullus is great and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Roman poetry or love poetry in general! Thanks
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I prefer to read my Classics for poetry and not for any 'real' translation for isn't it at least somewhat true Catullus comes to us copied from a copy from a copy from a...and Guy Lee is so dry in his introduction and has no trouble sharing his opinion so I'll share mine. His translations are adequate, probably more than that from a translator point of view BUT Catullus is a poet and it should be the poetry we read and admire. For this, Peter Green is brilliant. He outshines Lee and keeps true to Catullus. For study, as a student we're stuck with what the lecturer decrees. For enjoyment, there is personal choice, a freedom to enjoy and with the latter in mind, skip Lee and head straight to "The Poems of Catullus" by Peter Green.
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