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• Verona as his birthplace but lived in Rome for most of his life.
• the poet parodied Caesar and an associate (Mamurra), but later apologized and was forgiven.
• In 61 BC Catullus went to Rome and fell in love with the "Lesbia" of his poems, generally believed to be Clodia Metelli, sister of the infamous Publius Clodius Pulcher. This sophisticated woman, 10 years older than Catullus, was a member of the aristocratic Claudian family. Their brief affair ended when Clodia spurned him for Marcus Caelius Rufus, a member of Catullus's social circle and an associate of Cicero
• In 57 BC Catullus served on the staff of the governor of Bithynia, his only political office.
• Although his poems contain complaints about poverty, he owned a villa near Tibur
• scholars traditionally accept the dates 84 BC ' 54 BC.
• His poems were widely appreciated by other poets, but Cicero despised them for their supposed amorality. Catullus was never considered one of the canonical school authors. Nevertheless, he greatly influenced poets such as Ovid, Horace, and Virgil. After his rediscovery in the late Middle Ages, Catullus again found admirers. His explicit writing style has shocked many readers, both ancient and modern.
• refers to avant-garde poets and their poetry, specifically those Greek and Latin poets in the Hellenistic Period (323 BC onwards) who propagated a new style of Greek poetry, deliberately turning away from the classical Homeric epic poetry.
• Their poems featured small-scale personal themes, instead of the feats of ancient heroes and gods.
• Although these poems might seem to address superficial subjects, they are subtle and accomplished works of art.
• The most famous of the Greeks were the Alexandrian Greeks Callimachus, the author of many epigrams, and Theocritus, a bucolic poet from Sicily.
• Latin- rejected traditional social and literary norms.
• characterized by tight construction, a playful use of...