The poems of Caius Valerius Catullus (1904) PDF translated by Francis Warre Cornish

The poems of Caius Valerius Catullus 

The poems of Caius Valerius Catullus

The object in view is either to reproduce as far as is possible the original spelling of the poet’s time, or to work towards a conventional orthography, to take the place of the convention which was established by the scholars of the revival of letters instead of the mediaeval convention, and maintained its ground almost to our own time.

 I have adopted the latter alternative, as I should accept the conventional orthography of today if I were editing the text of an Elizabethan or Caroline author. And I see no reason why a license which is taken by modern editors in the case of Caesar and Cicero may not on the same ground be used in the case of Catullus.

Gaius Valerius Catullus was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote chiefly in the neoteric style of poetry, focusing on personal life rather than classical heroes. His surviving works are still read widely and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art.

Catullus, as was common to his era, was greatly influenced by stories from Greek and Roman myth. His longer poems—such as 63, 64, 65, 66, and 68—allude to mythology in various ways.

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