Greece and Rome (Second Series)

Research Article

The Persona of Catullus' Phaselus

K. M. Coleman

The autobiography of the personified yacht (Catullus 4. 2–24) yields not only a curriculum vitae but also a vivid impression of personality. Catullus' phaselus sounds very human. If the persona can be identified, its literary ancestors and the tone of the poem may also emerge.