I’ve been reading Italian literature in preparation for my Literary Tour of Northern Italy (you might like to think of booking for this tour in 2017? Contact ASA Cultural Tours for an itinerary) and a book I very much enjoyed was Catullus’ Bedspread by Daisy Dunn.
I knew virtually nothing about the great Latin poet Cattulus and I found this book most intriguing. Catullus immortalised a woman called Lesbia in his verse, wrote scandalous and erotic poems, and is considered a father of social satire. The book was an excellent mixture of biography and literary analysis – just the mix I enjoy most in the life story of any writer. The painting above, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema shows an image of Cattulus (centre) at Lesbia’s.
Have you read any studies of Cattullus’ poetry? Share your comments below.
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