The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus, by Catullus


Pulcre convenit inprobis cinaedis,

Mamurrae pathicoque Caesarique.

Nec mirum: maculae pares utrisque,

Vrbana altera et illa Formiana,

Inpressae resident nec eluentur: 5

Morbosi pariter, gemelli utrique

Vno in lectulo, erudituli ambo,

Non hic quam ille magis vorax adulter,

Rivales sociei puellularum.

Pulcre convenit inprobis cinaedis. 10


On Mamurra and Julius Cæsar.

Right well are paired these Cinaedes sans shame

Mamurra and Cæsar, both of pathic fame.

No wonder! Both are fouled with foulest blight,

One urban being, Formian t’other wight,

And deeply printed with indelible stain: 5

Morbose is either, and the twin-like twain

Share single Couchlet; peers in shallow lore,

Nor this nor that for lechery hungers more,

As rival wenchers who the maidens claim

Right well are paired these Cinaedes sans shame. 10

A comely couple of shameless catamites, Mamurra and Caesar, pathics both. Nor needs amaze: they share like stains — this, Urban, the other, Formian — which stay deep-marked nor can they be got rid of. Both morbidly diseased through pathic vice, the pair of twins lie in one bed, alike in erudition, one not more than other the greater greedier adulterer, allied rivals of the girls. A comely couple of shameless catamites.

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