Category Archives: Catullus

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Catullus 48

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Catullus 12, A Stolen Napkin

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Catullus 99: Sweet Juventius

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Catullus 31, On Coming Home

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Catullus 11

… Catullus 11 was written toward the end of the poet’s life circa 54 BCE, around the time Caesar, a friend of his, invaded Britain. It begins with Catullus asking two acquaintances to accompany him on a trip around the world, from the very edge […]

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Catullus 51

… Catullus’s famous Lesbia poem, 51, imitates Sappho, the Greek poet whose work was almost completely destroyed by the early Christians who thought she was perverse. Scholars imagine that the real woman Catullus was addressing would have known Sappho’s poem, and understood full well that […]

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Catullus 8

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Catullus 13

… Cenabis bene, mi Fabulle, apud me paucis, si tibi di favent, diebus, si tecum attuleris bonam atque magnam cenam, non sine candida puella et vino et sale et omnibus cachinnis. haec si, inquam, attuleris, venuste noster, cenabis bene; nam tui Catulli plenus sacculus est […]

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Carmina Catulli: 1 – 7

… What follows are the first seven poems of Catullus in Latin with humble translations by me; I also do a reading in Latin of Catullus 2: Passer. Hope you enjoy it and get a feeling for the sounds. The poems of Catullus come from […]

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Catullus 7: Quaeris quot mihi basiationes

Quaeris, quot mihi basiationes tuae, Lesbia, sint satis superque. quam magnus numerus Libyssae harenae lasarpiciferis iacet Cyrenis oraclum Iouis inter aestuosi et Batti ueteris sacrum sepulcrum; aut quam sidera multa, cum tacet nox, furtiuos hominum uident amores: tam te basia multa basiare uesano satis et […]

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Catullus 5: Vivamus mea Lesbia, atque amemus

Vivamus mea Lesbia, atque amemus, rumoresque senum severiorum omnes unius aestimemus assis! soles occidere et redire possunt: nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux, nox est perpetua una dormienda. da mi basia mille, deinde centum, dein mille altera, dein secunda centum, deinde usque altera mille, deinde […]

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Catullus 4

… Phasellus ille quem videtis, hospites, ait fuisse navium celerimus, neque ullius natantis impetum trabis nequisse praeter ire, sive palmulis opus foret volare sive linteo. et hoc negat minacis Hadriatici negare litus insulasve Cycladas Rhodumque nobilem horridamque Thraciam Propontida, trucemve Ponticum sinum, ubi iste post […]