runer finds this
idea confirmed by a possible play upon the name of Aurelius in v.
bellus homo: such a
lover Juventius also found in Furius; cf. Catul. 24.7f.
Pisauri: Pisaurum (now Pesaro) was an Umbrian
town on the Adriatic planted as a Roman colony B.C. 184 (cf.
Liv. 39.44). Plutarch
(Plut. Ant. 60) reports
that the town was swallowed up by an earthquake just before
the battle of Actium. The previous settlement there of a
number of military colonists by Antony (Plut. l.c.) may have
been an attempt to check the decay (moribunda sede) noted by Catullus.
inaurata statua: gilded
statues were common in Rome at a later date, the second
supplement to the Notitia (written in the
first half of the fourth century A.D.) mentioning eighty of
gods alone. This number is understood to be exclusive of