is marked by a single poem (c. 10), whose gay and charming humor shows
that even the vicinity of Lesbia had lost its power
constantly to embitter his thoughts. And to the passion
for Lesbia now appears to have succeeded that for a
boy, Juventius, with the charms of whose company
Catullus perhaps attempted to drive out the thoughts of
his former love. How the intimacy began we cannot tell.
The Juventian gens sprang
from Tusculum, but inscriptions (C.
I. L. vol. V. passim) show that people of
that name also lived in the neighborhood of Verona. It may
be, therefore, that the boy came to Rome under the
guardianship of Catullus, as perhaps Catullus, years
before, under that of Nepos But nothing further is
known of him beyond what may be inferred from the poems
of Catullus that concern him (cf. introductory note to c.
15). His history is interwove