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Catullus and His Renaissance Readers

byJulia Haig Gaisser

Hardcover | February 1, 1992

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This is the first general study of the fortunes of Catullus in the Renaissance. After a brief introduction tracing the transmission of the poet from antiquity to the middle of the fifteenth century, the book follows his reception and interpretation by editors, commentators, universitylecturers, and poets from the first edition (1472) through the sixteenth century. The focus is on Catullus but also on his Renaissance readers. Their text and interpretations not only influenced the ways in which later generations (including our own) would read the poet, but also provide windowsinto their own intellectual and historical worlds, which include Poliziano's Florence, Rome under the Medici Pope Leo X and his puritanical successor Adrian VI, the Paris of Ronsard and Marc-Antoine de Muret, post-Tridentine Rome, and sixteenth-century Leiden - as well as fifteenth-century Verona,where Catullus was an object of patriotic veneration, and Pontano's Naples, where poets learned to read and imitate him through Martial's imitations.
Julia Haig Gaisser is at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
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Title:Catullus and His Renaissance ReadersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:460 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.22 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`Gaisser has written a book which must be the first to focus in such meticulous detail on the publishing history and commentary tradition of an ancient author in the Renaissance ... She takes us deftly through a maze of textual errors and emendations, tracing the legacy of both in successiveeditions ... not only a discriminating guide ... She is also a profoundly knowledgeable commentator.'Renaissance Studies, vol 8, No 3