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Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet

Daisy Dunn.
Item #: D13602
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 312 / 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062317025
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Born to one of Verona's leading families, Gaius Valerius Catullus spent most of his youth in Rome, mingling with Caesar and Cicero while chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his subversive voice, his poems about his friends were often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him were skewered in raunchy verse. Many of Catullus's works recall his longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia, and these bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. But as Daisy Dunn details here, when Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread.


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