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, Virgil and Christopher Marlowe. 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:

  • Roman Clef: Lesbia, the heroine of his romantic poems, is widely believed by the modern scholars to be a pseudonim for rather infamous matron Clodia Pulchra Tertia (a "heroine" of Cicero's probably most famous speech, "Pro Celio"), whom Catullus probably had an affair with.

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