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E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Journey to Bithynia. (search)
ering with purest and most childlike passion. With this pair of poems probably belongs a third (c. 4), which followed speedily upon the two others. 35. The third of the triad (c. 4) indicates that Catullus made this return voyage in a small vessel of Amastriac build purchased by him for this purpose. It almost seems from his account as if it were built to his order, and that he embarked in it at Amastris rather than at the seaport of Nicaea. And all this, indeed, may be true, in spite of the fact that c. 46 apparently speaks of Nicaea as the point of his immediate departure home-ward; for various reasons might be suggested to account for a journey to the eastern part of the province after bidding Nicaea a final farewell. 36. In c. 46.6 the poet speaks of a plan of visiting claras Asiae
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 4 (search)
ere, is a rare use. loquente coma: cf. the simpler and better figure in Verg. Ecl. 8.22 Maenalus pinos loquentes semper habet . Amastri: the city of Amastris, so named from its founder, the wife of Dionysius, tyrant of the Pontic Heraclea, was situated on the Paphiagonian coast of the Euxine Sea, not far from Mt. Cytorus, and on the site of the Homeric city of (Plin. Trai. 98). Cytore buxifer: cf. Verg. G. 2.437 iuvat undantem buxo spectare Cytorum. The adjective is a(/pax lego/menon. tibi: Catullus combines Amastris and Cytorus in a single idea, perhaps thinking of the city as built on the mountain; cf. v.18 n. stetisse: i.e. when a tree; imbuisse: i.e. when a ship. The course of the ship is now traced a