with the Rufus of
cc. 69 and 77 (and also cc. 73 and 59?), the names and
circumstances suggesting M. Caelius Rufus, born,
according to Pliny (N.H
7.165), on the same day with C. Licinius
Calvus, May 28, 82 B.C.
(though perhaps this date is too late, by a few years,
for the birth of Caelius). Caelius is well known as an
ambitious politician and an orator (Cic. Brut. 79.273;
Quint. Inst. VI.
3.69; X. 1.
ng order: cc. 100,
82, 77, (73), 69, (59), 58
60. C. 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.