The poems of Catullus comprise one half of the prescription of the seen texts for the oral exam of this year's Latinum Europaeum.
The poems will be used as a vehicle to explore the contribution of Catullus to Latin literature. We shall study the context, themes, and motifs of the poems alongside his use of metre, language, and rhetorical techniques (alliteration, assonance etc.).
The following poems are required texts, although individual teachers across the sections may choose to read other poems in English or in Latin to broaden their students' understanding of this important author:
Click on the links for more information about the poems. The discussion questions are, with some additions, adapted from Ronnie Ancona (2004) Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader. Teacher's Guide. Bolchazy-Carducci.