87- 54 BCE - Catullus is known as one of the best "lyric poets" ever produced by Rome, however Catullus was not originally from Rome. Catullus originally came from northern Italy, though he spent much of his life in Rome. Catullus was known for his adaptations and augmentations to Greek poetry. Catullus wrote on many subjects including politics, society, and language. Catullus' style influenced many later Latin poets.