Gaius Valerius Catullus

Gaius Valerius Catullus (84–54 B.C.) was a learned, sophisticated poet of the late Roman Republic. Noted for his ‘neoteric’ (new-styled) verse in a multiplicity of metres, Catullus ranged from the tender to the scatological in his sensibilities, writing touching love poems to a perhaps real, perhaps notional, mistress called Lesbia, and skewering both friends and enemies with his scathing, occasionally obscene, epigrams.