a dedicatory inscription appended thereto. It is
needless, not to say impossible, to suppose, as some have done,
that the actual yacht was brought up the Po and the Mincio, or by an overland
route, and beached in the Lago di Garda, but the votive model is spoken of as if
the experiences of its prototype were its own. (For a strong
presentation of a different interpretation of the poem cf.
C. L. Smith, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology,
Ov. Trist. 3.13.27
terrarum pars paene novissima,
Tac. Agr. 10
oram novissimi maris.
limpidum lacum: i.e.
the lacus Benacus (Lago di Garda), into the broader, southern end of
which projects the peninsula of Sirmio (cf. Catul.
31.1ff.), now Sermione, where stood the villa of
Catullus. In the epithet is a thought of the contrast
between the dark and tu
Frater Ave atque
Vale.—Date, summer of 56
adjectivally, in Greek fashion; cf.
Cic. Rep. 6.11
nunc venis paene miles
Ov. Her. 15.357
Livy 26.42.8 appears to be the
first to write paeninsula.
Sirmio, the modern
Sermione, is a long and narrow peninsula running out into
the southern end of the Lago di Garda (Lacus
Benacus). The ruins referred to by
Tennyson (l.c.) are of the age of
but are called by the natives the Villa of Catullus in
accordance with the mediaeval identification
gem cf. in this sense
Aesch. Eum. 1025
o)/mma pa/shs xqo/nos
Pind. Ol 2.9
*sikeli/as t' e)/san
Plaut. Trin. 245
o ocelle mi