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Gallus Reborn
A Study of the Diffusion and Reception of Works Ascribed to Gaius Cornelius Gallus

ISBN 9780367729042
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
82 Pages

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Book Description

Gallus Reborn is the first comprehensive study of the publication history and reception of the works that have been attributed to Gaius Cornelius Gallus, first canonical Roman elegist, friend of Virgil, and ‘missing link’ in Roman literary history.

Gallus was a widely read and frequently imitated author from the Renaissance onwards, when he overcame the disadvantage of having no surviving works by putting his name to a substantial body of pseudepigrapha: misattributed, faked or forged poems. This monograph asks what Gallus was like, during that phase of his existence; how was he read, and by whom; and what impact did he have on literary history?

Combining close readings of the texts with a comparative overview of their wider reception, Gallus Reborn will interest scholars and advanced students of classical reception, Neo-Latin, comparative literature and early modern studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction. ‘neget quis carmina Gallo?’

Chapter 1. Six Elegies Ascribed to Cornelius Gallus: Maximianus

Chapter 2. The Reception of Gallus-Maximianus

Chapter 3. The Carmen ad Lydiam (‘Lydia bella puella candida’)

Chapter 4. From senectus to amor

Chapter 5. Elegiacs Attributed to Gallus in 1588 (AL 914-917)

Chapter 6. The Forger of the 1588 Elegiacs


Appendix. Editiones principes of works ascribed to Gallus, or date of first attribution to Gallus in print


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Paul White is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on Latin poetry and its reception, with a particular focus on Renaissance humanism; publications include articles on poetry, education, authorship and print culture in Latin and vernacular contexts, and books on the early modern reception of Ovid’s Heroides (Columbus, 2009), and on the classical editions and commentaries of the Paris-based printer and author Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Oxford, 2013).


"Here is an interesting study, well written and well argued on the reception of Gaius Cornelius Gallus in the Renaissance. In the space of a concise but thorough book, Paul White sets out to explore the reasons for the influence of Gallus and his pseudepigraphs (the Elegies of Maximian and the Carmen ad Lydiam), the way in which Renaissance readers have transformed the character of Gallus, as well as the impact that figure and these poems have had on literary history." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review (translated from French)