Catullus' Bedspread

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A vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first modern” poet, and follows a young man’s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing—an accessible, appealing look at one of history’s greatest poets.

Born to one of Verona’s leading families, Catullus spent most of his young adulthood in Rome, mingling with the likes of Caesar and Cicero and chronicling his life through his poetry. Famed for his lyrical and subversive voice, his poems about his friends were jocular, often obscenely funny, while those who crossed him found themselves skewered in raunchy verse, sudden objects of hilarity and ridicule. These bawdy poems were disseminated widely throughout Rome. Many of his poems recall his secret longstanding affair with the seductive older Clodia.

While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed alliance for power. During these tumultuous years, Catullus increasingly turned to darker subject matter, and he finally composed his greatest work of all—a poem about the decoration on a bedspread—which forms the heart of this biography, a work of beauty that will achieve immortality and make Catullus a legend.


  • 001_Catullus Bedspread_intro

    Duration: 07s
  • 002_Catullus Bedspread_Introduction

    Duration: 03min
  • 003_Catullus Bedspread_Prologue

    Duration: 26min
  • 004_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_01

    Duration: 11min
  • 005_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_02

    Duration: 36min
  • 006_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_03

    Duration: 30min
  • 007_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_04

    Duration: 27min
  • 008_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_05

    Duration: 28min
  • 009_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_06

    Duration: 28min
  • 010_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_07

    Duration: 28min
  • 011_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_08

    Duration: 17min
  • 012_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_09

    Duration: 24min
  • 013_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_10

    Duration: 39min
  • 014_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_11

    Duration: 36min
  • 015_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_12

    Duration: 25min
  • 016_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_13

    Duration: 35min
  • 017_Catullus Bedspread_Chapter_14

    Duration: 24min
  • 018_Catullus Bedspread_Epilogue

    Duration: 13min
  • 019_Catullus Bedspread_Appendix

    Duration: 29min
  • 020_Catullus Bedspread_outro

    Duration: 32s
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