Introduction; 1. Through the Comic Looking-Glass; 2. The Best Medicine: Comic Cures for Love in the 1st Century BCE; 3. Heroic Badness and Catullus' Plautine Plots; 4. Naughty Girls: Comic Figures and Gendered Control in Catullus; Epilogue. The Show Goes On: From Roman Comedy to Latin Love Elegy; Bibliography.
Argues that Catullus adapts Roman comedy to explore private ideas about love, friendship, and social rivalry.
Christopher B. Polt is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Boston College, Massachusetts. He has published extensively on Latin poetry of the Republic and early Empire. He was the recipient of the Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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