This edition of eighty of Catullus's poems is designed for use at school and university. The Latin text (taken from the Oxford Classical Text of Catullus edited by Sir Roger Mynors) is accompanied by an introduction on the life of Catullus, and a commentary which interprets the poems in the light of the most up-to-date scholarship.
Stand-outs in the collection include what often goes first "One" which perhaps states a poet's wish better than any other poem, and "Sixty Four" which tells the story of Theseus and Ariadne along with the prophecy of Achilles, son of Peleus. The voice and concerns of Catullus actually echo the voice of the main character in Satyricon at times and the propensities for humor that both exhibit do not escape this particular reviewer. Both books may not be the height of what literature has to offer (especially Greek) but they are indeed a lot of fun and perhaps damning portraits of a corrupt and/or corruptible society.