The notion expanded to denote a personal spirit and protector by the time Horace and Ovid wrote in the first century BC.
Roman poets such as Catullus and Ovid celebrated the kiss and members of the populace were avid mouth-to-mouth practitioners.
It was essentially two Roman poets, Ovid and Virgil, who gave us this tragic and terrible story.
Publius Ovidius Nasso, Roman poet (43 B.C.E.-17 C.E.). Related: Ovidian.
An ancient Roman poet; author of the Metamorphoses and The Art of Love.