Gaius Valerius Catullus was a Roman poet who lived during TheRomanRepublic. His poetry moved away from the [[AncientGreece ancient Greek]] epics about gods and heroes to something closer to everyday life. His poetry has been and still is greatly admired thoughout the ages and influenced poets such as Creator/{{Ovid}}, Creator/{{Virgil}} and Creator/ChristopherMarlowe. Unfortunately, his most famous poem nowadays is ''Catullus 16'', which has been censored for centuries because it describes some unpleasant situations.
!!Catullus' work provides examples of:
* AltumVidetur: Except in ''Greek'', with poem 63, as well as others
* BeigeProse: His numerous epigrams.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Catullus often moves swiftly from praising his beloved's best features to calling her a whore for her infidelity, and back again.
* CargoEnvy: In many of his poems he desires to be this or that belonging to his mistress, Lesbia. Most famously, he wants to be her ''passer'' or pet "sparrow." [[ADateWithRosiePalms Though some believe it may not really be a sparrow]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Critics are unsure whether the dedication of his ''libellus'' to a writer of long-winded epic history is entirely serious or totally mocking.
* {{Gorn}}: ''Catullus 16''. Also, ''63''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Veranius, but also Furius and Aurelius
* HoYay: So, so much; bisexuality was considered usual for an upper-class Roman and it shows.
* HiddenDepths: Read ''Catullus 16'' and then read ''72'', or ''101''.
* TheMasochismTango: Poem 85.
* {{Tsundere}}: Poem 85 ("Odi et amo") neatly distills the essence of this trope into two lines.
* VitriolicBestBuds: ''16'' reveals this side of his relationship with Furius and Aurelius, although it's probably all in good fun.