Gaius Valerius Catullus

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Gaius Valerius Catullus
Gaius Valerius Catullus


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Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84 – c. 54 BC), was a Roman poet, the dominant figure among the New Poets (neoterici) of the 1st century BC.



  • Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus...
    soles occidere et redire possunt:
    nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux,
    nox est perpetua una dormienda.
    da mi basia mille
    • Translation: Let us live and love, my Lesbia...and value at a penny all the talk of crabbed old men. Suns may set and rise again: for us, when our brief light has set, there's the sleep of perpetual night. Give me a thousand kisses.
    • V
  • Per caputque pedesque.
    • Translation: Over head and heels.
    • XX
  • Sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti
    in vente et rapida scribere oportet aqua
    • Translation: What a woman says to a passionate lover should be written in the wind and the running water.
    • LXX
  • Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.
    nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
    • Translation: I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do it? I don't know, but I feel it happening and am tortured.
    • LXXXV
  • Si quicquam cupido optantique optigit umquam
    insperanti, hoc est gratum animo proprie.
    • Translation: If anything has happened to one who ever yearned and wished
      but never hoped, that is a rare pleasure of the soul.
    • CVII
  • 'simul te aspexi, nihil est super mi vocis in ore, lingua sed torpet, tenuis sub artus flamma demanat, sonitu suopte tintinant aures, gemina teguntur lumina nocte.'
    • Translation: Directly when I see you, nothing is left from the voice in my mouth, but my tongue is paralyzed, in my limbs flows a delicate flame, By their own sound sing my ears, my eyes are being covered by a double night.