. Such neutrality was
not the fashion among the young friends whom Caesar was
constantly winning to himself from the ranks of his
political opponents. There seems, indeed, to be an
indication in c. 11 that
Catullus might be expecting some post under the great
commander. But the most satisfactory conclusion is that
death came within a short time after the close of 55 B.C., and anticipated all
hoped-for activities (cf., however, § 50).
8. Whether Jerome is wrong in one or in both of his other
statements, remains, and must always remain, in doubt.
All known facts concerning Catullus harmonize well with
the hypothesis that he was born in 87, and died in 54
B.C., at the age of thirty-three, or that
he was born in 84, and died in
54, at the age of thirty;
but nothing more definite can be said about the matter.