April 18, 2011
Catullus: One of the first great Roman poets
Of all the influential poets of the Ancient Rome, Catullus changed the way poetry was thought of and written. He brought the quality of Hellenistic poems to Rome and gave the writing style and quality a breath of fresh air. Of course, at the time he had his critics, but now he is considered one of the best known poets of ancient Rome. This is due in part because of his attitude about writing, which was that of poetry and the written word were better than reality.
Catullus was born in 84 BC in Verona, Italy. His family had some importance in Verona society, with his father being an occasional acquaintance of Julius Caesar. ... View More »