6. The year of his birth and that of his death are stated
by Jerome in his edition of the Chronicles of
Eusebius, probably on the authority of the
De Poetis of
Suetonius. Under date of the year of Abraham 1930 (= B.C. 87)
Jerome says, Gaius Valerius Catullus
scriptor lyricus Veronae nascitur, and
under that of 1960, or,
according to some MSS., 1959
(= B.C. 57,or 58), he says,
Jerome, Chronicler, § 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.