chapter  7
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Rome, Alexandria, And The Politics Of Lyric

How is it that the Catullan lyric collection and the lyric/subjective space it connotes were first produced? What was the ideological and historical context which permitted their emergence? What were the social and technical conditions that made this new art form possible? Though such broad questions cannot be exhaustively answered, nonetheless it can now be stated with confidence that one of the most important social and technical innovations allowing the creation of this new genre was the spread of the culture of writing.