Sunday, September 8, 2019

M/M: Kisses Sweeter Than Honey, Catullus XLVIII

Catullus to Iuventius:

Mellitos oculos tuos, Iuventi, 
si quis me sinat usque basiare,
usque ad milia basiem trecenta
nec numquam videar satur futurus,
non si densior aridis aristis
sit nostrae seges osculationis.

--Catullus XLVIII

If I could kiss your honey sweet eyes, Iuventius, I would kiss them three hundred thousand times. Nor would I seem to be satisfied if the rows of our kisses were more plentiful than the dry grain of the field.

Name:  Gaius Valerius Catullus
Date:  84 – 54 BCE
Works:  Poems

Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans

Catullus was a Roman statesman born in Verona  (Cisalpine Gaul, located in northern Italy) who lived during the tumultuous last days of the Roman Republic.  His poetry offers rare insight into the mores of the time period. Like Propertius and Tibullus, Catullus used a pseudonym for the objects of his attention; many of his love poems were addressed to either “Lesbia” or “Juventius.” 
Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE