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Friendship, Love, Abuse, etc: the shorter poems of Catullus, trans. Ranald Barnicot

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Friendship, Love, Abuse, etc is a collection of Ranald Barnicot’s translations into English of 109 shorter poems by the Roman poet Catullus (c 87 – c 57BCE), with an introduction on Catullus’s biography and literary context, and detailed notes on the poems at the back of the book. Barnicot has endeavoured to translate not only the meaning but also the spirit of the poems, in English language that reflects the full range of Catullus’s own expression of his relationships with his contemporaries: from passionate to tender to playful; from mildly scandalous to obscene; and from merely gossipy to sarcastic or virulently insulting.

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