A Roman metallurgist, born about A.D. 39. Educated at Athens, he afterwards visited Memphis and other cities of Egypt, where he perfected himself in a knowledge of smelting and refining gold and silver. Returning to Rome at 22 years of age, he began the work of ornamenting swords, shields, and making articles of jewelry. His great skill becoming known to Nero, he was employed in the mint, which position he retained under Vespasian, who succeeded Nero, A.D. 68. Catullus was the first to receive and wear the Vespasian medal, which he assisted in preparing. He was killed, when 40 years of age, by some soldiers, in a drunken brawl. [Pp. 5-6.]
Catalogue of the Spirit Art Gallery, now on exhibition at the Rooms of the "Pacific Art Union," (Incorporated March 4, 1874,) southeast corner of Sixteenth and Capp Streets, San Francisco.