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A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first “modern” poet, and follows a young man’s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time—an accessible, appealing look at one of history’s greatest poets.

Born to one of Verona’s leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive Clodia, an older woman who would eventually be plunged into scandal following the suspicious death of her aristocratic husband.

While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread—which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend.

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  • “Lyrical, playful, and startlingly original…Breathes extraordinary new life into the classical world. An unforgettable journey into the high art and low life of ancient Rome.”

    Dan Jones, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A haunting reminder of how little humanity has changed over two thousand years, and a moving introduction to the greatest love poet of all time.”

    Robert Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With very little documentary evidence to go on, Dunn has crafted an imagined picture of Catullus’ life, recounting exactly what he thought and felt with creative abandon…Dunn writes beautifully and clearly adores her subject. She deserves plaudits for bringing this fine poet and his tumultuous times so vividly to life.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “The task of piecing together a biography from verse alone is one that Daisy Dunn performs with admirable creativity and diligence.”

    Times (London)

  • “Dunn’s work is sure to entice intrigued readers to her worthy subject…Extracting insights about [Catullus’] life from his poems, she places him expertly in his time and place…Dunn’s exploration provides fascinating nuggets of knowledge, social history, and poetry.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delves deep into the ancient Roman cultural and political climate in which the poet Gaius Valerius Catullus crafted his erotic poems…Well-researched…The author skillfully pieces together an uncensored portrait of her subject.”

    Library Journal

  • “Dunn carefully conjures [Catullus’] biography from his works and his relations with rich and powerful contemporaries, especially the clans vying to dominate the crumbling Roman republic…His life was that of a rich young provincial come to make a name in the capital and achieve the literary immortality he knew he could win and, despite the disappearance of his ‘little book’ for centuries, did.”


  • “Journalist and classicist Dunn reveals the ‘uncertain and turbulent times’ of ancient Rome in this appreciative, informed biography of Catullus…A fresh, knowledgeable introduction to life, love, war, and rivalries in ancient Rome.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An amazing mixture of pacey biography and first rate literary analysis. Rome’s most famous bad boy poet comes alive as never before. Stunning!”

    Boris Johnson, mayor of London

  • “For all those of us who love counting stars, none burns brighter in the literary firmament than that of Gaius Valerius Catullus—Daisy Dunn’s brilliant new biography of the Roman master will shine beams of light on his darkly passionate poetry.”

    Paul Cartledge, author of The Spartans

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