Disertissime Romuli nepotum,
quot sunt quotque fuere, Marce Tulli,
quotque post aliis erunt in annis,
gratias tibi maximas Catullus
agit pessimus omnium poeta,
tanto pessimus omnium poeta,
quanto tu optimus omnium patronus.

Discussion Questions


  • What is the social and culture context of this poem? Who was Marcus Tullius Cicero?
  • In what ways does this poem mirror some of Cicero's own rhetorical techniques?
  • Why is Catullus thanking Cicero?
  • There appears to be an ironic sub-text to this poem. Identify this sub-text and why this adds to our understanding of the poem.
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