Ca'lidus, L. Ju'lius
(some MSS. have CALIDIUS, but this last is a gentile appellation and not a cognomen), is pronounced by Cornelius Nepos (Att
12) worthy of holding the first place among the Roman poets of his day, after the death of Catullus and Lucretius.
This must, of course, be understood to refer to the period immediately anterior to the Augustan era. Calidus had great possessions in Africa, and was proscribed in consequence by Volumnius, one of the creatures of Antony, but his name was erased from the fatal list through the interposition of Atticus.