Mela says the bay was pleraque asper
Ancona (from the
Greek form *)agkw/n): this
well-known city of Picenum contained a temple of Venus
domum Veneris, quam Dorica sustinet
Cnidum: in this famous
city at the extremity of the Cnidian Chersonese in
several temples of Aphrodite, and the renowned statue of the
goddess by Praxiteles.
harundinosam: the reeds
of Cnidus were a
great article of export on account of their excellence for
manufacture into paper; cf. Plin.
Aus. Ep. 7.49
nec iam fissipedis per calami vias
grassetur Cnidiae sulcus harundinis.
Amathunta: a seaport
the hypermeter cf. Catul. 34.22;
caelo: ablative of
twin-sister; but cf. Catul.
modifying cultricem; cf.
Canopus incola litoribus
; and with the idea, Catul. 34.9ff n.
Idri: if the reading be
correct, the name is perhaps that of the district in
Idrias by Herodotus and Stephen of Byzantium, where Artemis
was worshipped as Hecate.
Pelea adspernata: no
story accounting for this disdain is known, and Hom. Il. 24.62 expressly
speaks of the presence of all the gods at the wedding, and
of a marriage-song sung by Phoebus (cf. also Aesch. ap.
Plat. Rep. 2.383).
niveis: being of ivory;
cf. v. 45.
ut cedant: etc., in v.
2 the reference is to the apparent daily motion of the
stars, due to the revolution of the earth on its axis; in v.
4, to their yearly motion with reference to the apparent
position of the sun, due to the revolution of the earth
about the sun.
Triviam: cf. Catul. 34.15n.
Latmia saxa: Selene was
wont to meet secretly upon Mt. Latmus in Caria the beautiful
shepherd Endymion, with whom she had fallen in love (cf.
Paus. 5.1); sub saxa = in
aerio: so Horace of the
Hor. Carm. 1.28.5
aerias temptasse domos
me: the poem is a
monologue spoken by the lock (v. 51) of Berenice's hair itself.
ille: i.e. the person
referred to in v. 1ff., me ille
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