In Defence of Catullus' Dirty Sparrow

@article{Hooper1985InDO,
  title={In Defence of Catullus' Dirty Sparrow},
  author={Richard Hooper},
  journal={Greece and Rome},
  year={1985},
  volume={32},
  pages={162 - 178}
}
  • R. Hooper
  • Published 1 October 1985
  • History
  • Greece and Rome
Poliziano's theory that the sparrow of Lesbia in Catullus 2 and 3 is none other than the phallus of the poet has not fared well in recent years. H. D. Jocelyn has mounted a spirited attack against it, taking most effective aim against the arguments of E. N. Genovese and G. Giangrande, whose articles, as he points out, ‘seem to have no nineteenth or twentieth-century predecessors’. This attack has been facilitated by the tendency of both Genovese and Giangrande to dilute their arguments with… 

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