Catullus probably lived ca. 85-ca 54 BC. He is most famous for his love- poems but he also wrote fine poems celebrating friendship, excoriating his enemies (often obscenely) and recounting Greek legend. Ranald Barnicot has a degree in Classics from Balliol College, Oxford and has worked as a teacher of EFL/ESOL in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK. He is now (very recently) retired and has published or is due to publish original poems and translations (Catullus, Horace, Verlaine, Mallarmé, Lorca, Vallejo, La Compiuta Donzella and Violante do Céu in various journals, including Acumen, Poetry Strasbourg Review, Transference and Metamorphoses.