Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
ISBN: 0062317024
EAN13: 9780062317025
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview
A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome's first modern poet, and follows a young man's journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing--an accessible, appealing look at one of history's greatest poets. Born to one of Verona's leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all--a poem about the decoration on a bedspread--which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend. Catullus' Bedspread includes an 8-page color insert.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Born to one of Verona's leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero, and chronicling his life through poetry. Famed for a lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about friends were jocular and often obscenely funny; those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret long-standing affair with the seductive Clodia, an older woman who would eventually be plunged into scandal following the suspicious death of her aristocratic husband. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, finally composing his greatest work of all: the bedspread poem, which set themes of love and war against the backdrop of the myth of the Ages, and which would achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend.