(cf.ager uber) ou)
pa/nu de\ u(gieino\n tou= qe/rous
(cf. aestuosae). Homer
mentions the fertility of the region in
Hom. Il. 13.793
aestuosae: cf. Catul. 7.5n. The
unhealthy character of the region as summer came on rendered
departure even more agreeable.
claras Asiae urbes:
i.e. the famous Greek cities on the Aegean coast of
volemus: the figure of
flying for sailing is prompted by the eagerness of the
desire to be gone; cf. Catul. 4.5
of the same voyage.
tremulous with eager anticipation; cf.
pedes: not that
Catullus was contemplating, as some have thought, a land
journey, but the pass
Cf. v. 209
ceu: etc. cf. Hom. Il. 5.522ff.
summa ex arce: i.e.
from the Acropolis, whence he would have an unimpeded view
over the sea southward. This form of the story is followed
also by Diod. 4.61.7 and Paus. 1.22.5; but another form
makes the promontory of Sunium the place whence Aegeus
watched for the return of the ship, on descrying which he
threw himself into the thence-named Aegean Sea; cf.
linquitur Eois longe speculabile proris
Sunion, unde vagi casurum in nomina ponti
Cresia decepit falso ratis Aegea velo
inflati: the spread of
canvas made the vessel the sooner visible to his straining
ferox: cf. with the
absolute use of the adjective v. 73.