Michael C.J. Putnam is MacMillan professor emeritus of classics and comparative literature, Brown University. Among his recent books are Poetic Interplay: Catullus and Horace and Jacopo Sannazaro: The Latin Poetry. In May 2009 he was awarded the Centennial Medal by the American Academy in Rome. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.
Scholar Highet introduces us to the lives and work of seven of ancient Rome’s greatest poets. But what makes this book special is the rich context the author provides. The result is an entirely sui generis amalgam of travel writing, biography, criticism, and pure poetry. “Here is scholarship in the old sense, humane, unpedantic, open-minded and totally free of academic jargon.” —The Irish Times