O qui flosculus es Iuventiorum,
non horum modo, sed quot aut fuerunt
aut posthac aliis erunt in annis,
mallem divitias Midae dedisses
isti, cui neque servus est neque arca,
quam sic te sineres ab illo amari.
'qui? non est homo bellus?' inquies. est:
sed bello huic neque servus est neque arca.
hoc tu quam lubet abice elevaque:
nec servum tamen ille habet neque arcam.
Juventius, the tender bud of your family,
the best there is,
there ever was,
or ever will be,
I would rather you give the wealth of Midas
to that guy (a man, I might add, who doesn't even have a slave or a bank account!)
than for you to allow yourself to be courted by him.
"But isn't he just dreamy?" you say.
Sure, he's nice, but he doesn't even have a slave, or a bank account!
Fine. Mock my words and dismiss them,
but it won't change the fact that he doesn't even have a slave or a bank account!
Name: Gaius Valerius Catullus
Date: 84 – 54 BCE
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.”
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