Note di lettura al carme CV di Catullo
| AEVUM - 2012 - 1
SUMMARY: Catullus’ carm. 105 could be considered not only a pungent observation on Mamurra’s
(mentula) fanciful poetic ambitions and a statement of neoteric poetry. A close analysis of
the words used by Catullus shows that the text hints at the topos of the poet’s initiation: the
comparison is with Hesiod and Ennius; others words refer to epic poetry and military deeds
(Lucretius, Horace, Virgil, Livy, Tacitus). Through antiphrasis Mamurra’s behaviour should so
be interpreted as sacrilegious and his act as parodic of those described by great poets and writers.