c. 95.3 (cf. however
25 ad fin.).
66. The Varus of c. 10 is
apparently identical with the Varus of c. 22, who is a friend of
Catullus and a critic of poetry, if not a poet himself.
This may well be the distinguished Quintilius Varus,
the Augustan critic (Hor. AP.
438 ff.) and poet (Acro and Comm.
Cruq. on l.c.). He is called a native of
and his death in 23 B.C.
(according to Jerome) drew from Horace a touching
address of sympathy to Vergil (Carm. 1.24). Judged
from the tone of the passage in the
, Quintilius must have been somewhat older than
Horace, while yet he could hardly have been born long,
if at all, before Catullus. The attempt to identify the
Varus of c. 10 and c. 2 with Alfenus Varus of
c. 30 is