Madame Door of Brixia. The mystery of Catullus 67


  • Aleksandra Klęczar Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland



Catullus, paraclausithyron


Madame Door of Brixia. The mystery of Catullus 67

The text deals with Catullus’ carmen 67, a problematic and unclear poem, set in Brescia and dealing with the motifs of marriage and infidelity. It analyses a number of problems crucial for the text: the question of its genre, the possible identity of the characters in this little domestic drama and the role of the addressee: the door of the family house.


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How to Cite

Klęczar, A. “Madame Door of Brixia. The Mystery of Catullus 67”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 16, Nov. 2013, pp. 91-99, doi:10.12797/CC.16.2013.16.07.