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E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 68b (search)
Od.16.34 *)odussh=os de/ pou eu)nh\ xh/tei e)neunai/wn ka/k' a)ra/xnia kei=tai e)/xousa ; and the reminiscence in Prop. 4.6.33 putris et in vacuo texetur aranea lecto ; also Ov. Am. 1.14.7 vel pede quod gracili deducit aranea filum, cum leve deserta sub trabe nectit opus . duplex: of the twofold character of Venus as causing grief as well as joy; cf. v. 18 n.; Catul. 64.95; but the expression is sometimes understood to refer to the hermaphroditic statue of the goddess at Amathus. Amathusia: i. e. Venus; cf. Catul. 36.14n. in quo genere: after what manner. corruerit: overwhelmed; love's visit to him was with a vigorous assault that carried all defenses at once.