eath. It probably occurred in the year 54 B.C. In the first place,
there are no poems that clearly must have been written
later than the close of the year 55
B.C., or the earlier months of the year
54, nor any that are even
capable of more ready explanation, if a later date for
their composition be supposed. The remark about the
consulship of Vatinius (c.
52), which did not take place till the end
of the year 47 B.C., forms no
exception to this statement (cf.
Commentary), and the prosecution of Vatinius
by Calvus, mentioned in c.
53, may well have taken place in 56 B.C., instead of in the fall
of 54. Furthermore, c. 11, which was surely
written toward the close of 55
B.C., shows a decided change in the feeling
of Catullus toward Caesar, and accords well with the
statement of Suetonius (Iul.
73), that after Catu
Licinius Macer Calvus, apparently the most
intimate friend of Catullus, was the son of the
annalist, Licinius Macer and was born May 28, 82 B.C. (cf.
Plin. l.c.). He
died in, or not very long before, the year 47 B.C. (cf. Cic. Fam. XV. 21.4).
He was renowned as a most able and skilful orator,
though of low stature (cf. 53.5; Sen.
Contr. VII. 4.7; Ov. Trist. II.431), and as a writer of
epic, lyric, and epigram (cf. Cic. Brs the L. Manlius Torquatus
whose father was consul in 65
B.C. (cf. Hor.
Carm. III.21., Epod. 13.6), and who was himself praetor
in 49. He allied himself with
the Pompeians, and was killed in Africa in 47 (cf. Bell. Afr. 96). In 62
B.C. Manlius prosecuted P. Cornelius Sulla
on the charge of conspiracy with Catiline. Cicero and
Hortensius appeared for the defence and secured an
acquittal. In Cicero's speech on tha