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Ritual & Desire (Hardback)

Catullus 61 & 62 & Other Ancient Documents on Wedding & Marriage

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9788772882888
Published: 30th June 1992
Casemate UK Academic

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Catullus' two wedding poems contain important statements regarding the poet's personality, Roman sexual morality, attitudes to love and marriage, and the practice and psychology of ancient religion. This work subjects the two poems to detailed analysis, and yields new insights into the ritual drama enacted, the mythical and erotic dimensions, and the depiction of male and female. The poems are shown to be more provocative than is usually recognised; marriage is conceived as eternal wedding night.

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