Creator / Catullus
Gaius Valerius Catullus
was a Roman poet who lived during the Roman Republic
. His poetry moved away from the 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 Ovid
and Christopher Marlowe
. Unfortunately, his most famous poem nowadays is Catullus 16
, which has been censored for centuries because of its... colourful
Catullus' work provides examples of:
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Catullus often moves swiftly from praising his beloved's best features to calling her a whore for her infidelity, and back again.
- Cargo Envy: 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." Though some believe it may not really be a sparrow.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Most (in)famously Catullus 16, which is widely considered one of the most obscene and offensive things ever written in Latin.