a poet, from the 
House of Menander in Pompeii Welcome to the Catullus web page. Catullus was the first ancient Roman love poet, writing during the collapse of the Republic. This page was created as part of a project for Classics 218 at Vassar College. We invite you to explore the site at your leisure. We do realize that not everyone is fascinated by ancient poetry, and often asks the following question:
Why would anyone want to read Catullus?

We should let the poet speak for himself:


Pedicabo ego uos et irrumabo,
Aureli pathice et cinaede Furi,
qui me ex uersiculis meis putastis,
quod sunt molliculi, parum pudicum.
nam castum esse decet pium poetam
ipsum, uersiculos nihil necesse est;
qui tum denique habent salem ac leporem
si sunt molliculi ac parum pudici
et quod pruriat incitare possunt,
non dico pueris sed his pilosis
qui duros nequeunt mouere lumbos.
uos, quod milia multa basiorum
legistis, male me marem putatis?
pedicabo ego uos et irrumabo.

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