Catullus 2 and Its Hellenistic Antecedents

  title={Catullus 2 and Its Hellenistic Antecedents},
  author={J. David Bishop},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={158 - 167}
  • J. Bishop
  • Published 1 July 1966
  • Art
  • Classical Philology
P OEM 2 is in form and content a hymn, a prayer by Catullus to a sparrow for a special act of grace. The form naturally dictates the general direction of the poem, the cast of its meaning. Even the ideas and phrasings, like the form, are conventional, though Catullus creates his own poetry through them, apparently in a quite original way. The form yields an explanation of sui 7 ("his," or "her," or "their"), provides for cum acquiescet 8 ("when it will die down"), offers an explanation for the… 
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