Lesbius est pulcer. quid ni? quem Lesbia malit
     quam te cum tota gente, Catulle, tua.
sed tamen hic pulcer vendat cum gente Catullum,
     si tria natorum suavia reppererit.

pulcer = pulcher
quid ni?                so what
natus                    'relative' or 'son'
suavia                   here= 'kisses'



An extremely crude poem which pokes fun at Lesbius for various forms of antisocial and deviant sexual behaviour.

Discussion Questions


  • Who is Lesbius?  What is the relevance of the adjective pulcer?
  • What is the relationship between Lesbius and Lesbia?
  • Should we take the accusation made in this poem seriously?


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