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The Central Section of Catullus’ Attis

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The Attis of Catullus was described by Kenneth Quinn (1970, 282) as “perhaps the most remarkable poem in Latin.” However, the five lines of divine digression which split the poem into two sections (63.39-43) have remained barely commented upon. In this article, I will discuss not only the various elements of these lines and their significance for poem 63, but the poem’s link to other ‘marriage’ poems of Catullus—particularly poem 64. I will investigate this theme particularly with reference to the counterpoint between Sol and Cybele and to the Iliadic reference in the appearance of Pasithea.

Affiliations: 1: University of Cambridge, Faculty of EducationCB2 8PQUKehb32@cam.ac.uk

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