Catullus sticks his nose in.

In his Lesbia poems, Catullus is a sensitive romantic: when he wants to know intimate details about friends’ new partners, romance goes out of the window. The language is strong, the interest prurient, but the attitudes he is showing towards women were by no means unique to him in the late Roman republic, with its machismo and its slave economy.

Hear Catullus’s Latin and follow in English here.