Catullus and the Poetics of Incest

@article{Watson2006CatullusAT,
  title={Catullus and the Poetics of Incest},
  author={Lindsay C. Watson},
  journal={Antichthon},
  year={2006},
  volume={40},
  pages={35 - 48}
}
Catullus is fascinated by the subject of incest. In the last third of his collection, no less than eight pieces are devoted to this particular topic. There are, in addition, thematically significant mentions of the practice in poems 59, 64 and 67. Furthermore, China's Zmyrna, the neo-Callimachean virtues of which are famously touted in poem 95, dealt centrally with the incest of the eponymous heroine and her father Cinyras. To put the matter crudely, then, the incest-theme surfaces in roughly… 
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