Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Verona. Catullus’s birthplace in northern Italy. His affection for Verona is reflected in the poems in which he mentions visits to the city or people and things associated with Verona. Catullus uses Verona and other towns as opportunities to celebrate his love of Italy and to satirize features of Italian life.
*Bithynia (bah-THIHN-ee-ah). Roman province in what is now Turkey, where Catullus spent an unsuccessful period as a minor administrative official. It provides the poet with occasion to laugh at himself and his unfulfilled ambitions of fortune-hunting there. In one poem, he presents Bithynia as an exotic place where a Roman official might acquire slaves to carry a litter.
*Troy. Region in Asia Minor associated with the ancient city of Troy that was, for Catullus, a place for mourning. In several poems he mentions the death and burial of his brother there, and one poem describes how he grieves at his brother’s tomb, dampening the soil of Troy with his own tears.