Great Moments in Poetry # 2: Catullus 16 “Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo”

Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo is the first line, sometimes used as a title, of Carmen 16 in the collected poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 84 BC – ca. 54 BC). The poem, written in a hendecasyllabic (11-syllable) meter, was considered so explicit that a full English translation was not openly published until the late twentieth century. The first line has been called “one of the filthiest expressions ever written in Latin — or in any other language, for that matter.”

by Arthur Furrowfield + Dr.Vince

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