Hidden Kisses in Catullus: Poems 5,6,7 and 8

  title={Hidden Kisses in Catullus: Poems 5,6,7 and 8},
  author={†Charles Tesoriero},
  pages={10 - 18}
Poems 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Catullus form an interconnected series. Catullus draws them together by referring to notions of display and concealment in a love affair. In particular, Catullus explores a paradox inherent in the competing needs to keep a relationship a secret and to announce it to the wider public. In the tongue-wagging world of Rome, hiding the existence of an affair, as Flavius attempts to do in poem 6, can never be successful and will attract the suspicious minds and cruel tongues of… 


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