On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:34:58 +0000, Eugene Schlanger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Perhaps, someone should ask Kate if she has read Catullus' poetry before suggesting that she read a biography? There are the poems about nature and goddess worship, like this for Diana https://www.ancient-literature.com/catullus-34-translation.html which may interest a Floridian as that state has a lot of resplendent flora and fauna. And then there are the love poems he wrote that are in such contrast to the messages about "Roman empire" and power.
I think that we are conscious, in Virgil more than in any other Latin poet – for Catullus and Propertius seem ruffians, and Horace somewhat plebeian, by comparison – of a refinement of manner, springing from a delicate sensibility, and particularly in that test of manners, private and public conduct between the sexes.
T.S. Eliot, "What is a Classic?"