A Roman, equally distinguished as an orator and a poet. In the former capacity he is
mentioned with praise by Cicero (
; Ep. ad Fam.
vii. 24; xv. 51). He was also the
friend of Catullus, and three odes (14
) of that author's are addressed to him, in which he
is commemorated as a most delightful companion, from whose society he could scarcely refrain.
The fragments of his epigrams which remain do not enable us to judge for ourselves of his
poetical merits. He is classed by Ovid among the licentious writers. He lived B.C. 82-47. See
Teuffel, Hist. of Rom. Lit.