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Latin Literature: Republic and Empire, 2021/22
Dr Regine May
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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Items on individual poems are omitted from this list. Bibliographies for each poem can be found in Quinn Catullus : the poems (1970), Ferguson Catullus (1985) and Thomson Catullus (1997). J.P.Holoka, Gaius Valerius Catullus : a systematic bibliography (London, 1985) contains full bibliography up to 1981, D. Konstan, Catullus: Oxford Online Bibliographies Research Guide. Oxford 2011 is more recent.. Directed bibliography will also be provided on the handouts for each lecture.

Note: items marked with HD are in the High Demand section in the Laidlaw Library.

6.1. Published Bibliography:

J.P. Holoka, Gaius Valerius Catullus : a systematic bibliography (London, 1985) -- contains full bibliography up to 1981.

D. Konstan, Catullus: Oxford Online Bibliographies Research Guide. Oxford 2011 

A searchable and frequently updated bibliography for Catullus can be found here:

6.2. Translations:

Lee, G.: The poems of Catullus (2nd edn. Oxford, 1998)

Try comparing some other translations with Lee’s, For example:

P. Green, edition and translation The poems of Catullus : a bilingual edition (Berkeley, California 2005) with Latin text.

G.P. Goold, translation The poems of Catullus (London, 1983) with useful notes.

6.3. Commentaries:

C. J. Fordyce Catullus (Oxford, 1961) -- A traditional commentary which unfortunately omits all the poems with sexual references (cf. David Vessey, “Reading Catullus on the Northern Line / in Fordyce’s edition (which omits the obscene), / I wondered if Lesbia would have got out at Hampstead / or come on with me to Golders Green”, quoted by Wiseman (1985), 244).

K. Quinn Catullus (Macmillan, 1971) -- A good commentary, easier to use than Fordyce, and it contains all the poems. It also tells you which metre each poem is in.

J. Godwin, Catullus : the shorter poems (Aris and Phillips 1999) HD -- Translation and full, up-to-date commentary; recommended.

J.Godwin, Catullus: Poems 61-68 (Warminster, 1995). -- HD Translation and full, up-to-date commentary; recommended.

J.Ferguson, Catullus (Lawrence, 1985). -- Contains a discussion of each poem; virtually a commentary. The bibliographies are useful but the discussions are often fanciful.

D.F.S.Thomson, Catullus (Toronto, 1997). -- A large, up-to-date modern commentary.

W. Kroll Catullus (in German, 3rd edn., 1959) -- Traditional and philological, old-fashioned, but has good things to say on all the poems, even the ones Fordyce leaves out.

H. P. Syndikus Catull (in German, Darmstadt, 1984-1992, 3 vols) -- Thorough interpretations of each poem in essay form.

6.4. Books and Articles

Adler, E.: Catullan self-revelation (New York, 1981)

Arkins, B.: Sexuality in Catullus (Hildesheim 1982).

Cairns, F.: Generic composition in Greek and Roman poetry (Edinburgh, 1972) -- on the various genres in which ancient poems were written, and what the standard conventions were for each genre

Cairns, F.: Roman Lyric: Collected Papers on Catullus and Horace. 2012

Clark, C. A. The Poetics of Manhood? Nonverbal Behavior in Catullus 51. In: Classical Philology 2008 103:3, 257-281

Clarke, “M.L.: “Latin love poets and the biographical approach”, Greece and Rome. 23 (1976), 132-9

Clausen, W.V.: “Callimachus and Latin Poetry”, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine studies. 5 (1964), 181-96 (repr. Quinn, Approaches, 269-84)

Clausen, W.V.: “Catullus” in: The Cambridge History of Classical Literature (Cambridge, 1982) 178-206, 831-3 -- a good starting-point Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

D’Angour, A.: “Conquering Love: Sappho 31 and Catullus 51”, in: The Classical quarterly. 56 (2006), 297-300

Dettmer, H.: Love by the Numbers (New York, 1997) -- arrangement of the collection

Deuling, Judy Kay: “Catullus and Mamurra”. In: Mnemosyne. 52 (1999), 188-194.

Du Quesnay, I.M. le M., T. Woodoman: Catullus: Poems, Books, Readers. Cambridge 2012.

Fitzgerald, W.: Catullan Provocations: Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position (Berkeley, 1995)Ferguson, J.: Catullus (Greece and Rome. New Survey No. 20; 1988) -- a short and excellent guide, covering all main problems

Fraenkel, E.: 'Two Poems of Catullus' (42 and 8), The journal of Roman studies. 51 (1961), 46-53

Fuhrer, T. (1994). The Question of Genre and Metre in Catullus' Polymetrics.  Quaderni Urbinati Di Cultura Classica, 46(1), 95-108

Gaisser, Julia H.: Catullus. Oxford 2009. (HD)

Garrison, D.H.: The Student's Catullus (London 2013)

Gelzer, Thomas: “Bemerkungen zu Catull c. 101”. In: Museum Helveticum. 49 (1992), 26-32

Green, A. (2021). Lesbia's Controversial Bird: Testing the Cases for and against Passer as Sparrow. Antichthon, 55, 6-20.

Greene, E.: ‘The Catullan ego: fragmentation and the erotic self’, The American Journal of Philology. 116 (1995) 77-84

Greene, E.: The erotics of domination : male desire and the mistress in Latin love poetry (Baltimore, 1998).

Griffin, J.: Latin Poets and Roman Life (London, 1985), esp. chs. 1, 3 and 6. -- Not specifically about Catullus, but a book you should read. Griffin argues against the view that Roman poetry was mainly derived from Greek models and had little connection with life as it was lived.

Harrison, S. (2015). MENANDER'S THAIS AND CATULLUS' LESBIA. The Classical Quarterly, 65(2), 887-888.

Shane Hawkins: CATULLUS 60: LESBIA, MEDEA, CLODIA, SCYLLA. In: The American Journal of Philology Vol. 135, No. 4 (WINTER 2014), pp. 559-597

Holzberg, N.: Catull : der Dichter und sein erotisches Werk (München, 2002) -- Again, in German… but great introduction

Holzberg, N. (2001). Lesbia, the poet, and the two faces of Sappho: ‘womanufacture’ in Catullus. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 46, 28-44

Hurley, Amanda Kolson: Catullus (Bristol 2004) (HD)

Hutchinson, G. O.: Hellenistic poetry (Oxford, 1990), last chapter (Roman poetry as ‘Hellenistic’)

Hutchinson, G. O.: 'The Catullan corpus, Greek epigram, and the poetry of objects', CQ 53 (2003), 206-21. -- on the epigrams

Jenkyns, R.: Three Classical Poets (London, 1982)

King, Joy K. “Catullus' Callimachean Carmina, Cc. 65-116.” The Classical World, vol. 81, no. 5, 1988, pp. 383–392.

Kiss, D. (ed.): What Catullus wrote : problems in textual criticism, editing and the manuscript tradition (Swansea 2015).

Lewis, M., & Robertson, C. (2021). Shameful Kisses: A History of the Reception – and Rejection – of Homoeroticism in Catullus. Antichthon, 55, 172-193.

Levene, D.S. & D.P. Nelis (ed.): Clio and the poets : Augustan poetry and the traditions of ancient historiography (Leiden, 2002)

Lightfoot, J.L.: Parthenius of Nicaea (Oxford, 1999), introduction -- on the neoterics Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Lyne, R.O.A.M.: “The neoteric poets”, The Classical quarterly. 28 (1978), 167-87

Lyne, R.O.A.M.: The Latin Love Poets (Oxford, 1980), chs. 1 (traditional attitudes to love) and 2 (Catullus as a love poet).

Macedo,  Gabriel Nocchi: Ancient Latin poetry books: materiality and context. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2021.

Macleod, C.W.: “Catullus 116”. In: The Classical quarterly. 23 (1973), 304-309.

Most, Glenn W. "ON THE ARRANGEMENT OF CATULLUS’ CARMINA MAIORA" Philologus, 125.1-2 (1981): 109-125. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Nappa, C.: Aspects of Catullus' social fiction (Frankfurt am Main, 2001): -- useful analyses of fifteen poems

Nauta, R. et al.: Catullus' poem on Attis : text and contexts (Leiden, 2005) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Newman, J.K.: Roman Catullus and the modification of the Alexandrian sensibility (Hildesheim, 1990) -- the influences on Catullus’ poetry

Pedrick, V.: ‘The abusive address and the audience in Catullan poems’ Helios 20.2 (1993) 173-96

Platnauer, M.: Latin Elegiac Verse (Cambridge, 1951)

Polt, Ch.B.: Catullus and Roman Comedy (Cambridge, 2021) 

Quinn, K. (ed.): Approaches to Catullus (Cambridge, 1972) -- many of the more important articles on individual poems are reprinted here

Quinn, K.: Catullus; an interpretation (Toronto, 1972)

Quinn, K.: The Catullan Revolution, second edition (Bristol, 1999)

Richlin, A.: The Garden of Priapus (1992).

Ross, D.O.: Style and tradition in Catullus (Cambridge, Mass., 1969)

Sarkissian, J.: Catullus 68 : an interpretation (Leiden 1983).

Schafer, J. K.: Catullus through his books (Cambridge 2020).

Skinner, M. B. (e.): A Companion to Catullus. Malden MA 2007. (HD)

Skinner, M. B.: Catullus in Verona : a reading of the elegiac libellus, poems 65-116, (2003)

Skinner, M..: A Companion to Catullus (Oxford 2010).

Stead, H.: A Cockney Catullus. The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821. Oxford 2015.

Sweet, D. R.: "Catullus 11: a Study in Perspective". In: Latomus 46 (1987) 510-526

Uden, J. (2021). Egnatius the Epicurean: The Banalization of Philosophy in Catullus. Antichthon, 55, 94-115.

Watson, P. (2021). Catullus’ Lament for Lesbia's Passer in the Context of Pet-Keeping. Antichthon, 55, 21-34.

Williams, G.: Tradition and originality in Roman poetry (Oxford, 1968)

Wimmel, W.: Kallimachos in Rom : die Nachfolge seines apologetischen Dichtens in der Augusteerzeit (Wiesbaden, 1960)

Wiseman, T.P.: Catullan questions (Leicester, 1969) -- arrangement of the collection

Wiseman, T.P.: Catullus and his world : a reappraisal (Cambridge, 1985), -- a lively book which looks at Catullus and his contemporaries and what they got up to. Speculative; but Wiseman is always worth reading. HD

Wiseman, T.P.: Cinna the poet, and other Roman essays (Leicester, 1974), chs. 2-5 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Wiseman, T.P.: Clio's cosmetics : three studies in Greco-Roman literature ISBN: 9781904675006 (Leicester, 1979), chs. 9-12 -- arrangement of the collection 

Wray, D.: Catullus and the poetics of Roman manhood (Cambridge, 2001)

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B Ovid

NB items marked with * are good general introductions to Ovid in general or the Metamorphoses and key studies of them.


Ovid, Metamorphoses, translated by A.D. Melville (Oxford 1998)

Try comparing some other translations with Melville’s, for example:

A.S. Kline, online at

D. Raeburn, Ovid: Metamorphoses : a new verse translation (Penguin Classics: London 2004)


* Anderson, W. S. (1997), Ovid's Metamorphoses, books 1-5. (Norman)

* Anderson, W. S. (1972), Ovid's Metamorphoses, books 6-10 (Norman).

Bömer, F. (1969), P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphosen : Kommentar : (Heidelberg; 7 vols.) – in German; the only complete scholarly commentary on the Met.

* Hill, D.E. (1985-2000) Ovid: Metamorphoses (Warminster; 4 volumes) – brief commentary and translation; the only complete English commentary on the Met.

Many other commentaries are available on individual books; search the library catalogue or online for “Ovid Metamorphoses commentary” and you will find them.

Books and articles:

Anderson, W. S. (1982). "The Orpheus of Virgil and Ovid: flebile nescio quid". 25-50 in Warden, J. (ed.), Orpheus : the metamorphoses of a myth : (Toronto).

Anderson, W.S. (1993). "Form Changed: Ovid's Metamorphoses." in: Boyle, A.J. (ed.). Roman epic (London and New York).

Barchiesi, A. (1997), The poet and the prince : Ovid and Augustan discourse (Berkeley).

Barchiesi, A. (2001), Speaking volumes : narrative and intertext in Ovid and other Latin poets (London).

Barchiesi, A. (2002), ‘Narrative Technique and Narratology in the Metamorphoses’, in Hardie, P. R. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (Cambridge, 2002), 180-99.

Barchiesi, A. (1993b). "Future Reflexive: Two Modes of Allusion and Ovid's Heroides." Harvard studies in classical philology. 95, 333-365.

Barkan, L. (1986). The gods made flesh : metamorphosis and the pursuit of paganism :. (New Haven).

* Barsby, J. (1978), Ovid, Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics 12.

Bass, R. C. (1977). "Some Aspects of the Structure of the Phaethon Episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses." The Classical quarterly. 27, 402-8.

* Boyle, A. J., Sullivan, J.P. (ed.) (1991). Roman poets of the early empire (London).

Brown, R. D. (1987). "The Palace of the Sun in Ovid's Metamorphoses". 211-220 in M. Whitby, P. Hardie, and M. Whitby (edd.), Homo viator : classical essays for John Bramble. (Bristol and Oak Park).

Calasso, R. (1993) Nozze di Cadmo e Armonia. (New York).

* Coleman, R. (1971). "Structure and Intention in the Metamorphoses." The Classical quarterly.. 21, 461-77.

Conte, G. B. (1986). The rhetoric of imitation : genre and poetic memory in Virgil and other Latin poets. (Ithaca).

Crabbe, A. (1981). "Structure and Content in Ovid's Metamorphoses." Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt (ANRW) 2.31.4, 2274-2326.

Davis, G. (1980). "The Problem of Closure in a Carmen Perpetuum. Aspects of Thematic Recapitulation in Ovid Met. 15". Grazer Beiträge. 15, 123-132 .

Dickie, M.W. (1975). "Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.760-64." AJP 96, 378-390. Available online

Due, O. S. (1974). Changing forms : studies in the Metamorphoses of Ovid (Copenhagen).

Farrell, J. (1992). "Dialogue of Genres in Ovid's Lovesong of Polyphemus (Metamorphoses 13.719-897)". AJP 113, 235-268. Available online

* Feeney, D. C. (1991). The gods in epic : poets and critics of the classical tradition. (Oxford). – chapter 5 on Ovid.

Feldherr, A. (2002), ‘Metamorphosis in the Metamorphoses’, in Hardie, P. R. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (Cambridge, 2002), 163-79.

Forbes Irving, P.M.C. (1990). Metamorphosis in Greek Myth. (Oxford).

* Fränkel, H. (1945). Ovid : a poet between two worlds (Berkeley).

* Galinsky, G.K. (1975). Ovid's Metamorphoses : an introduction to the basic aspects (Berkeley and Los Angeles).

Galinsky, K. (1989). "Was Ovid a Silver Latin Poet?" Illinois classical studies. 14, 69-89.

Galinsky, G. K. (1996). Augustan culture : an interpretive introduction (Princeton).

Galinsky, K. (1998). "The Speech of Pythagoras in Ovid Metamorphoses 15.75-478." PLLS 10, 313-36. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Gantz, T. (1993). Early Greek Myth. A Guide to Literary and Artistic Sources. (Baltimore and London).

Gildenhard, I. and Zissos, A. (1999a). "Problems of Time in Metamorphoses 2" 31-47 in Hardie, P. Barchiesi, A. and Hinds, S. (edd.) Ovidian transformations : essays on the Metamorphoses and its reception. (Cambridge).

Gildenhard, I. and Zissos, A. (1999b). "Somatic Economies: Tragic Bodies and Poetic Design in Ovid's Metamorphoses" 162-181 in Hardie, P. Barchiesi, A. and Hinds, S. (edd.) Ovidian transformations : essays on the Metamorphoses and its reception : (Cambridge).

Gildenhard, I. and Zissos, A. (2000a). "Inspirational fictions: autobiography and generic reflexivity in Ovid's proems" Greece and Rome. 47, 67-79.

Gildenhard, I. and Zissos, A. (2000b). "Ovid's Narcissus (Met. 3.339-510): Echoes of Oedipus." AJP 121, 129-148. Available online

* Griffin, A. H. F. (1977), ‘Ovid's Metamorphoses’, Greece and Rome. 24, 57-70.

Hardie, P. R. (2002) Ovid's poetics of illusion (Cambridge).

* Hardie, P. R. (2002) The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (Cambridge).

* Hardie, P. (1990). "Ovid's Theban History: The First Anti-Aeneid?" The Classical quarterly.. 40, 224-235.

Hardie, P. (1995). "The Speech of Pythagoras in Ovid Metamorphoses 15: Empedoclean Epos." The Classical quarterly. 45, 204-214.

Hardie, P. (1993). The epic successors of Virgil : a study in the dynamics of a tradition (Cambridge).

Hardie, P. (1999). "Metamorphosis, metaphor, and allegory in Latin epic." 89-107 in M. Beissinger, J. Tylus, & S. Wofford (eds.), Epic traditions in the contemporary world : the poetics of community (Berkeley). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Harries, B. (1990). "The spinner and the poet: Arachne in Ovid's Metamorphoses." PCPS 36, 64-82. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Heath, J. (1990-91). "Diana's Understanding of Ovid's Metamorphoses." The Classical Journal. 86, 233-243

Helzle, M. (1993). "Ovid's Cosmogony. Metamorphoses 1.5-88 and the traditions of ancient poetry." PLLS 7, 123-34. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

* Hinds, S. (1987a). The metamorphosis of Persephone : Ovid and the self-conscious Muse. (Cambridge).

Hinds, S. (1987b). "Generalising about Ovid." Ramus. 16, 4-31. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Hinds, S. (1992a). "Arma in Ovid's Fasti, Part 1: Genre and Mannerism". Arethusa. 25, 81-112.

Hinds, S. (1992b). "Arma in Ovid's Fasti, Part 2: Genre, Romulean Rome and Augustan Ideology." Arethusa.. 25, 113-153.

Hinds, S. (1993). "Medea in Ovid: Scenes from the Life of an Intertextual Heroine." MD 30, 9-47.

* Hinds, S. (1997).Allusion and intertext : dynamics of appropriation in Roman poetry (Cambridge).

Keith, A. M. (1992). The play of fictions : studies in Ovid's Metamorphoses Book 2 (Ann Arbor).

* Kenney, E. J. (1973), ‘The Style of the Metamorphoses’, in Binns, J. W. (ed.), Ovid (Routledge).

Kirby, J. T. (1989). "Humor and the Unity of Ovid's Metamorphoses: A Narratological Assessment." 233-251 in C. Deroux (ed.), Studies in Latin literature and Roman history vol. 5. (Brussels).

Knox, P.E. (1986). Ovid's Metamorphoses and the traditions of Augustan poetry. (Cambridge).

Knox, P. E. (1990). "In Pursuit of Daphne." Transactions of the American Philological Association.. 120, 183-202.

* Mack, S. (1988). Ovid New Haven and London. – esp. ch.4, 99-144.

McKim, R. (1985). "Myth against Philosophy in Ovid's Account of Creation". The Classical Journal. 80, 97-108.

Myers, K.S. (1994). Ovid's causes : cosmogony and aetiology in the "Metamorphoses" (Ann Arbour).

Nagle, B. R. (1983). "Byblis and Myrrha: Two Incest Narratives in the Metamorphoses." The Classical Journal. 78, 301-315.

Nagle, B. R. (1984). "Amor, Ira, and Sexual Identity in Ovid's Metamorphoses." Classical antiquity.. 3, 236-255.

Nagle, B. R. (1988). "Erotic Pursuit and Narrative Seduction in Ovid's Metamorphoses." Ramus. 17, 32-51. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Newlands, C. (1997). "The Metamorphosis of Ovid's Medea". 178-208 in J. J. Clauss and S. I. Johnston (edd.) Medea : essays on Medea in myth, literature, philosophy, and art. (Princeton).

Nicoll, W. S. M. (1980). "Cupid, Apollo, and Daphne (Ovid, Met. 1.452ff.)." The Classical quarterly. 30, 174-182.

Nugent, G. (1990). "The Sex which is Not One: Deconstructing Ovid's Hermaphrodite." Differences 2, 160-185. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

* Otis, B. (1966). Ovid as an Epic Poet. (Cambridge).

Parry, H. (1964). "Ovid's Metamorphoses: Violence in a Pastoral Landscape." Transactions of the American Philological Association.. 95, 268-282.

Richlin, A. 1992. "Reading Ovid's Rapes." 158-179 in A. Richlin (ed.), Pornography and representation in Greece and Rome. (New York).

Schlam, C.C. (1984). "Diana and Actaeon: Metamorphosis of a Myth." The Classical quarterly. 3, 82-10.

Segal, C. (1969). Landscape in Ovid's Metamorphoses : a study in the transformations of a literary symbol. (Wiesbaden).

Segal, C. (1985). "Ovid: Metamorphosis, Hero, Poet." Helios 12, 49-63 .

Solodow, J.B. (1988). The world of Ovid's Metamorphoses (Chapel Hill).

Suter, A. (1989). "Ovid, from Image to Narrative." The classical world. 83, 17-20. Available online

Tissol, G. (1977) The face of nature : wit, narrative, and cosmic origins in Ovid's Metamorphoses (Princeton).

Wheeler, S. (1995). "Imago Mundi: Another View of the Creation in Ovid's Metamorphoses." The American Journal of Philology. 116, 95-121.

Wheeler, S.M. (1999). A discourse of wonders : audience and performance in Ovid's Metamorphoses. (Philadelphia).

Wilkinson, J. P. (1955), Ovid recalled (Cambridge), -- esp. ch.7, 144-240.

Wise, V. M. (1977). "Flight Myths in Ovid's Metamorphoses: an Interpretation of Phaethon and Daedalus." Ramus. 6, 44-59. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

This list was last updated on 22/03/2022