Gaius Valerius Catullus
Gaius Valerius Catullus Poems
- Ave Atque Vale Through many countries and over many seas I ...
- Advice: To Himself Sad Catullus, stop playing the fool, and ...
- How Many Kisses: To Lesbia Lesbia, you ask how many kisses of...
- Lesbia’s Sparrow All you Loves and Cupids cry and all you ...
- Let’s Live And Love: To Lesbia Let us live, my Lesbia, let us...
- A Warning: To Aurelius I commend myself and my love to ...
- Sparrow, The Special Delight O... Sparrow, the special ...
Gaius Valerius Catullus was a Latin poet of the Republican period. His surviving works are still read widely, and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art.
Catullus came from a leading equestrian family of Verona in Cisalpine Gaul, and according to St. Jerome, he was born in the town. The family was prominent enough for his father to entertain Caesar, then proconsul of both Gallic provinces. In one of his poems Catullus describes his happy return to the family villa at Sirmio on Lake Garda near Verona. The poet also owned a villa near the fashionable resort of Tibur (modern Tivoli); his complaints about his poverty must be taken with a grain of ... more »
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Ave Atque Vale
Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honour to the dead,
and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes,
since now fate takes you, even you, from me.
Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly,
now at least take these last offerings, blessed
by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead.
Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown,
and, for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell’.