Gaius Valerius Catullus was a Roman of the late Republic (roughly 84-54BC). He was very influential on later Classical poets but was often considered too obscene by Christians. Carmen 16 in particular was widely known but not published in English translation until the 20th century. His 118 surviving poems have been translated into dozens of languages and he remains one of the greatest writers on the subject of love in all its phases. A few of my translations of his poems have already appeared in my book Succumbing and I continue to work my way through them in idle moments.