Catullus: the Conscience of an Adulterer

Catullus’ use of self-describing pronouns is an indicator of his honesty. This is evident in a variety of his poems, such as Carmen 5, Carmen 49, and Carmen 72.  In his fifth poem, Catullus uses first-person pronouns with respect to himself, which indicates his sincerity to Lesbia. When Catullus wrote this poem, he was in …

Apuleius: Sorcerer, Fortune-hunter, and Cultist?

The sorcerer, Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis, purportedly bewitched a friend’s wealthy mother in 157 AD, and then nearly went to trial for that and murder. Romans and sorcerers are not usually associated, and though there may have been other sorcerers, their stories were likely lost to time. However, the most is known about Apuleius since he …

Apuleius: Sorcerer, Fortune-hunter, and Cultist?

The sorcerer, Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis, purportedly bewitched a friend’s wealthy mother in 157 AD, and then nearly went to trial for that and murder. Romans and sorcerers are not usually associated, and though there may have been other sorcerers, their stories were likely lost to time. However, the most is known about Apuleius since he …