Although Catullus is one of the best known of the Roman poets, it is his shorter poems that are more familiar. This is the first edition of the long poems of Catullus in a single volume, which with the companion edition by John Godwin of the shorter poems completes all Catullus' surviving work. This edition aims to describe and discuss recent scholarship on the poems, seeing them in their context and in relation to each other as fully as possible. Latin text with facing-page English translation, introduction and detailed commentary.
John Godwin was for many years Head of Classics at Shrewsbury School, UK. His publications include Horace: Selected Odes (Bloomsbury, 2018), Ovid: Metamorphoses III: An Extract (Bloomsbury 2013), Lucretius (Bloomsbury 2004), Reading Catullus (Bristol Phoenix Press, 2008), and editions of Lucretius: De Rerum Natura Books IV and VI and the complete works of Catullus for the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series.
‘This is an extremely useful edition of Catullus which would be helpful to teachers and sixth form students. [...] The commentary on the text is very helpful both to student and teacher and includes a summary of the main points contained within each poem as well as more detailed comments on style.’
‘Godwin’s Catullus is an admirable example of the series at its best: the commentary is clear, helpful and undogmatic [...] the introduction helpfully sets Catullus’ poetry in its historical and literary context.’
Greece and Rome