The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Consule Pompeio primum duo, Cinna, solebant

Mucillam: facto consule nunc iterum

Manserunt duo, sed creverunt milia in unum

Singula. fecundum semen adulterio.


To Cinna.

Pompey first being chosen to Consul, twofold (O Cinna!)

Men for amours were famed: also when chosen again

Two they remained; but now is each one grown to a thousand

Gallants:— fecundate aye springeth adultery’s seed.

In the first consulate of Pompey, two, Cinna, were wont to frequent Mucilla: now again made consul, the two remain, but thousands may be added to each unit. The seed of adultery is fecund.

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