ich he had
felt forced to read in expectation of being called upon for his
opinion concerning it.—Meter, choliambic.
cordi: cf. Catul. 64.158; Catul. 81.5; Catul.
laedere: for Tibur was a fashionable
place of summer abode, while Sabinum was noted only as the
country of frugal peasant life.
pignore contendunt: cf.
Verg. Ecl. 3.31
tu dic, mecum quo pignore
tua: since the villa
was a part of the fundus.
suburbana: Tibur (now Tivoli) was but 18 miles
from Rome, and
indeed, being placed on the abrupt edge of the Sabine hills as they
descend to the plain, was visible from the city itself.
Hor. AP 453
Hor. Ep. 2.2.137