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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Publication details for Prof. Jennifer Ingleheart

Ingleheart, J. (2014). Play on the proper names of individuals in the Catullan corpus: wordplay, the iambic tradition, and the late Republican culture of public abuse. Journal of Roman Studies 104: 51-72.

Author(s) from Durham


The paper explores the significance of names and naming in Catullus. Catullus’ use of proper names, and in particular his play on the connotations of the names of individuals who are attacked within his poems, has not been fully explored to date, and the paper identifies several examples of such play which have not previously been recognized. The paper examines Catullan wordplay in the context of both the iambic tradition and the public abuse culture of the late Roman Republic.