sbia in c. 13.11 clearly antedates
the break of Catullus with her, and that occurred
before his journey to Bithynia. But it is not incredible
that two friends so intimately connected as Veranius
and Fabullus should have been together on more than one
journey after fortune; and the journey to Spain like the later
one with Piso
70) may well have been on the staff of a
provincial governor, - probably about 60 B.C., as the reference to Lesbia
indicates (cf c. 13.11 n.).
70. The Piso unfavorably commented upon in cc. 28 and 47 (cf. § 68) is probably L.
Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, consul in 58 B.C. (the year of Cicero's exile), and
governor of Macedonia, where he made an honorable
record. After his return to Rome in 55 B.C. he attempted to reply
to certain strictures of Cicero uttered in his absence,