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Translation as Muse: Poetic Translation in Catullus's Rome

Elizabeth Marie Young


Translation as Muse: Poetic Translation in Catullus’s Rome questions the truism that poetry and translation are inherently at odds, arguing for translation as a defining condition of ancient Roman lyricism. The study focuses on the late Republican poet Catullus, arguing that translation plays a central role in his work and conditions many of his most celebrated innovations. It argues that translation permeates this poet’s oeuvre but in forms that are frequently unrecognizable to modern readers. It suggests that many poems we moderns would tend to label as lyric originals have been shaped by Ro ... More

Keywords: Catullus, translation, poetry, lyric, Roman, Rome, Latin, ancient, Republican

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226279916
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226280080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Marie Young, author