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Chapter 9 - Catullus and the Roman Paradox Epigram

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 August 2021

Denis Feeney
Affiliation:
Princeton University, New Jersey
Stephen Hinds
Affiliation:
University of Washington
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The first person to write elegiac couplets in Latin, Ennius, already wrote a kind of epigram that we do not see in Greek: a paradox is stated, then a question is asked about the paradox, and an answer is given. The chapters shows the popularity of this ‘paradox epigram’ in Latin literature, particularly in Catullus and Martial, arguing that both of these poets, in different ways, deconstructed the form.

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Print publication year: 2021

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