"that cruellest of poets, Catullus."
Modern Statue of Catullus
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 Catallus (c. 84-54 B) was a Roman poet and contemporary of Cicero. Some of his poetry dealt with love, eroticism and themes from romantic legend, but he also wrote scathing epigrams that viciously attacked real people at the time – traitorous friends, love rivals, other poets, and political figures (including Julius Caesar). These were sharp, cruel, and often blatantly obscene.