(cc. 114 and 115 with cc. 29, 41, and
43), their literary
pretensions (c. 105 with
c. 57.7), and their
licentiousness (cc. 94 and
115.7-8 with cc. 29.7-8 and 57) - These latter
indications, however, but support that of c. 29.13, and would not
independently establish the identity.
74. A sufficient biography of Mamurra is given by Pliny
(N. H. XXXVI.
6.48), who says he was an eques of Formiae and praefectus fabrum of Caesar in
quotes Nepos as authority for the statement that
Mamurra first of the Romans incrusted the entire walls
of his house on the Caelian with marble, and had within
it none but solid marble columns. Cicero, too, mentions
Mamurra's ill-gotten wealth (Att. VII. 7.6), and in Att.XIII. 52. 1
(written in 45 B.C.) refers to
the calm way in which Caesar received news of his death
74.—Date, 60-58 B.C. (cf. introductory note to
tota: emphatic cf.
Verg. A. 1.272 ter
centum totos annos.
milia decem: sc.
sestertium (= decem
sestertia) the coincidence of this sum with
that mentioned in Catul. 103.1
suggests that the two epigrams concern the same event.
i.e. Mamurra, whose native city was Formiae (cf. Catul. 57.4; Hor. S. 1.5.37), and who is
scored in Catul. 29.1ff. for
squandering his ancestral estates and the large gifts of his
patrons, cf. Catul. 43.5
propinqui: etc. early
legislation in Rome provided for investigation into the
question of a person's sanity, and for the interests of
relatives in such a case; cf. Leg. XII Tab.
Cic. de Inv. 2.50.148
Si furiosus escit, adgnatu<