introduction to the project
Id like to introduce you to the project "CATULLUS: LOVE AND
POETRY" which draws together much of the work the third year of Latin and I did this
The aim of the project was to understand Catullus love poetry of in order to
examine, through the texts, the poets personality ("CATULLUS
LIFE (84-54 B.C.)", " CATULLUS PORTRAIT"),
Lesbias way of life ("LESBIAS INTRODUCTORY CARD",
" LESBIA IN CATULLUS VIEW", " CLODIA IN CICEROS VIEW"), some linguistic and
stylistic characterizations of the author ("CATULLUS'
USE OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGE FORM", "LINGUISTIC FILE",
"CATULLUS' USE OF DIFFERENT STYLE FORMS",
"STYLISTIC FILE" and "KEY
WORDS") and "CATULLUS' POETRY: PART OF AN INTERLINKING
The first chapters by Sallustius "De coniuratione Catilinae" (from the first
to the thirteenth) helped us to develop a clearer understanding of "THE ROMAN SOCIETY BEFORE THE BIG CONQUESTS ( II CENTURY B.C.)"
and especially of "SOCIAL CHANGES IN VALUES BETWEEN THE
SECOND AND THE FIRST CENTURY B.C.; whilst some extracts of Livys history, of
Valerius Maximus work and from Sallustius "De coniuratione Catilinae have
introduced us to "THE CONFORMIST WOMAN AND THE INDEPENDENT
The class went into some questions also with the help of some Internet resources that
we found. We listed them on a special page devoted to THE
RESOURCES WHICH WE HAD VISITED.
All the illustrations were taken by a pupil of mine, F. Magalini, during the
visit to Catullus villa in June 1999 ("TRIP TO
My sincere thanks go to my colleague Antonella Pisani who has been so kind as to
correct this work, in such a way as to leave it in its original style, whilst correcting
the most important errors.