Love Poems in Ancient Rome


“I hate and love. And why, perhaps you’ll ask.
I don’t know: but I feel, and I’m tormented.”
– Catullus, Poem 85

The ancient Roman poet Catullus shows his angst over his on-again, off-again relationship with his girlfriend in a poem.  On this Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to remember that the phrase “it’s complicated” applies to all time periods!

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