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
And all this, indeed, may be true, in spite of the fact
that c. 46 apparently speaks
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
ere, is a rare use.
loquente coma: cf. the
simpler and better figure in
Verg. Ecl. 8.22
Maenalus pinos loquentes semper
Amastri: the city of
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
The adjective is a(/pax
tibi: Catullus combines
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