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LAT 270
Spring 2011
Section: 01  

The poetry of Catullus often has an immediate appeal to contemporary readers. In Tom Stoppard's play THE INVENTION OF LOVE, the claim is made that he invented love as we think of it. But in addition to his love poetry, Catullus is also the writer of a mini-mythological epic (an epyllion), an account of the strange story of the self-castration of Attis, wedding hymns, translations from Greek lyric, invective, and elegy. In this course, we will read an extensive selection of Catullus' poetry and discuss the critical issues they raise in the light of selected readings from modern scholarship.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
We will continually engage with issues of the interpretation of Catullus' poetry throughout the semester. Reading any Latin poetry is an excercise in intercultural literacy, triangulated between our own modern perceptions, the Roman world that formed the immediate cultural context for Catullus' poetry, and often the Greek literary forms and sensibilities that lie behind much Latin literature.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CLAS
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CLST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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