We discovered there was a book of English translations of Catullus in the library, which we used to "help" with our homework. I'm pretty sure it didn't contain 16, because we would definitely have noticed. :p
It's good for poets to have breadth of expression.
"atque in perpetuam, frater,
ave atque vale"
And speaking for myself, it's not that I did not think of them as incapable of moral wrong doings - Antiquity was clearly a brutal period - or producing provocative work. But, I would have expected them to be more prude and limited in their ability to deliver artistic "shock value".
Well, I was wrong! They were very well capable of crude depiction and unsettling vulgarity - even for our contemporary standards!