Born to one of Verona's leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his putry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his pums were often obscenely funny with raunchy verse. These bawdy pums were disseminated widely throughout Rome. While Catullus had a love affair in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all about a bedspread decoration, forming the heart of this biography.
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by Katherine Dunn
by Ian Mortimer
by Nigel Jones
by Huw Powell
by John Harvey
by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
by Lynne Truss
"Dunn's impressionistic life of Catullus, the passionate and often obscene Roman poet, gets a smart and engaging reading from Mike Grady. (Note: Graphic sexual references abound.) Grady's deep, rough, yet velvety voice and his well-measured, almost rhythmic, pacing could sweep listeners along if he read the back of a cereal box. He brings intelligence and a rich emotional sense to the text and the many quotations from the poetry. The latter are delivered in a regional British accent, probably to suggest a "hick" accent for Catullus, who came from the Gaulish north of Italy. Though a thoughtful and intriguing choice, the difference in accents between the narrative and quotes from Catullus sometimes distracts. Still, this program engages the mind and the senses, affording the listener rich pleasure. W.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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