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The poetic personality of Catullus, mannered Alexandrian versifier and lyricist of direct emotion, has never been satisfactorily resolved. David Ross’s approach presents a unified poetic personality and a poetic diversity derived from literary traditions. Thus, on the evidence of vocabulary and poetic technique, the polymetrics and the longer poems are found to be Catullus’ “neoteric production,” whereas the epigrams, following a tradition of amateur epigram, are surprisingly free of neoteric mannerisms. His historical analysis leads the author to suggest that the neoteric poems, not the epigrams, are the original source of Latin elegy.