Catullus, Cicero, and a Society of Patrons: The Generation of the Text

Catullus, Cicero, and a Society of Patrons: The Generation of the Text

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Sarah Culpepper Stroup
Cambridge University Press, 4/29/2010
EAN 9780521513906, ISBN10: 0521513901

Hardcover, 322 pages, 22.9 x 15 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

This is a study of the emergence, development, and florescence of a distinctly 'late Republican' socio-textual culture as recorded in the writings of this period's two most influential authors, Catullus and Cicero. It reveals a multi-faceted textual - rather than more traditionally defined 'literary' - world that both defines the intellectual life of the late Republic, and lays the foundations for those authors of the Principate and Empire who identified this period as their literary source and inspiration. By first questioning, and then rejecting, the traditional polarisation of Catullus and Cicero, and by broadening the scope of late Republican socio-literary studies to include intersections of language, social practice, and textual materiality, this book presents a fresh picture of both the socio-textual world of the late Republic and the primary authors through whom this world would gain renown.

Part I. How to Write about Writing
1. When? Otium as 'time to write'
2. What? Munus as the 'gift of duty'
3. Where? Libellus
polished and published
Part II. The Textualization of Display
4. The problem with liberal performance
5. From public display to textual display
6. The poetics of literary obligation
Part III. The Materialization of the Text
7. An object of Catullan affection
8. Brutus
the dialogic personification of the Republican voice
what 'society of patrons?' A prosopography of the players.