Chapter 8. Receiving Catullus 2: England and America

  1. Julia Haig Gaisser

Published Online: 29 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310474.ch8



How to Cite

Haig Gaisser, J. (2009) Receiving Catullus 2: England and America, in Catullus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310474.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405118897

Online ISBN: 9781444310474



  • Receiving Catullus 2: England and America;
  • Catullus' works slipping into England - at an unknown date sometime in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century;
  • Puritan strictures against erotic and frivolous poetry probably helped to delay the publication of Catullus;
  • Catullus' obscenity partly explaining - the very late appearance of a complete translation and the diversity of his poetry must bear equal responsibility;
  • his work falling into three distinct categories (lyrics, Alexandrian set-pieces, and epigrams);
  • Catullus' dedication (poem 1) - favorite model for imitation both in antiquity and in the Italian and French Renaissance;
  • Story Telling - Catullus' poetry lending itself to the construction of a narrative;
  • Catullus' obscenity and pederastic themes - have been major stumbling blocks for English readers;
  • picture of Catullus - ideas of twentieth-century classicists, constituting an important strain in Catullus' reception themselves;
  • In Lamb - he appeared to be a man of aristocratic manners and temperament living in an uncongenial age


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Favorite Poems

  • Story Telling

  • Delicate Subjects

  • Picturing Catullus

  • Catullus in the Twentieth Century

  • Epilogue

  • Notes