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Translation as MusePoetic Translation in Catullus's Rome$
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Elizabeth Marie Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226279916

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226280080.001.0001

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Finding Catullus in Translation

Finding Catullus in Translation

(p.1) Introduction: Finding Catullus in Translation
Translation as Muse

Elizabeth Marie Young

University of Chicago Press

The introduction shows Roman attitudes toward translation to be unlike our own and suggests that modern assumptions about translation have limited our understanding of Roman literature generally and Catullus’s poetry specifically. It outlines recent developments in Roman translation studies and discusses the distinctive features of Roman translation theory and practice (e.g. concern with control rather than fidelity, disinterest in literal translation). It also contextualizes poetic translation within issues central to Roman culture more broadly, in particular hellenization, bilingualism, colonialism, and Rome’s historical relationship with Greece. It situates Catullus’s own translation of small-scale poetic genres (lyric, epigram, etc.) within the broader context of late Republican translation theory and practice, including the work of Lucretius and Cicero. It ends with a chapter by chapter outline of the book’s argument.

Keywords:   translation studies, translation theory, poetic translation, Roman culture, Hellenization, Bilingualism, Colonialism, late Republican, Cicero

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