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Love by the Numbers

Dettmer, Helena

Love by the Numbers

Form and Meaning in the Poetry of Catullus

Series: Lang Classical Studies - Volume 10

Year of Publication: 1997

New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1997. XVIII, 366 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-3663-0 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.690 kg, 1.521 lbs

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Book synopsis

The poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus survived antiquity by the slimmest of threads. This study concerns the controversial issue of whether the order of the collection was contrived by the poet himself. Love by the Numbers offers new and compelling evidence that Catullus shaped the work into an exquisitely interrelated whole. The aesthetic patterning is highly significant because it offers fresh solutions to longstanding problems of text and interpretation. The development of deeply learned philological analysis in the service of elucidating widely applicable human concerns makes this book a relative rarity in the field of Classics, a work of hard scholarship that informs a human sensibility toward matters of the heart.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Helena Dettmer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Michigan. In addition to publishing numerous articles in professional journals on Latin poets of the first century B.C., she is the author of Horace: A Study in Structure and co-editor of Syllecta Classica, a Classics journal.


Lang Classical Studies. Vol. 10
General Editor: Daniel H. Garrison