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Altering Attis: ethnicity, gender and genre in Catullus 63

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Catullus 63 is one of the most unusual of Latin poems, and also one of the most difficult for literary interpreters. In this paper I would like to discuss it from three angles, connected by the common factor of change or alteratio: ethnicity, the poem's alteration of Attis' previous ethnic identity to make him Greek and to stress the contrast with the poem's Asiatic setting; gender, its transsexual use of previous female literary characters as models for Attis' two speeches; and genre, the li...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1163/1568525043057946

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Corpus Christi College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Brill Publisher's website
Journal:
Mnemosyne Journal website
Volume:
57
Issue:
5
Pages:
520-533
Publication date:
2004-01-01
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EISSN:
1568-525X
ISSN:
0026-7074
URN:
uuid:0f941353-5dd7-4447-a2d1-99176f136438
Local pid:
ora:4423

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