(the speaker here also has just returned from a
foreign shore), and at the end of dedicatory inscriptions,
C I L 6.533
(i.e. laetus lubens）
inviso: in the sense of
(poetical) video a rare use;
cf. however Catul. 64.233,
Cic. ND 2.43.110
et natos Geminos invises sub caput
Thyniam: the Thyni, a
people from Thrace,
are said to have settled that portion of Bithynia which lay close
to the Thracian Bosphorus and was sometimes said to be
divided from Bithynia proper by the river Psilis; but
the two names, long before the time of Catullus, had ceased
to express any actual distinction.
liquisse: for reliquisse, as not infrequently in
Catullus (cf. e.g. Catul. 46.4);
but in Catul. 35.3 and elsewhere
pinnipes Perseus: in
order to attack Medusa in safety, Perseus had borrowed of
the Nymphs the winged shoes like those of Hermes as well as
of invisibility and the magic wallet; see Apollod. 2.4.2. Cf.
non si Pegaseo vecteris in aere dorso,
nec tibi si Persei moverit ala pedes.
is a(/pac lego/menon.
Rhesi: Rhesus was the
king of Thrace
whose famous horses Ulysses and Diomed stole on the night of
his arrival to help the Trojans; cf. Hom. Il. 10.438ff.; Ov. Met. 13.249ff. There is
a similar anacoluthon to that in v. 3; si
ferar fills out the idea.
plumipedes: a(/pac lego/menon; the reference
is clearly not to flying men like Daedalus and the sons of
Boreas (for Perseus in v. 3 is a type of such swiftness),
but to birds, thus interposed between hor
ure of the city sacrificed to his
manes by Pyrrhus; cf. Ov. Met.
13.439ff.; Serv. on
Verg. A. 3.321; Hyg.
Fab. 110; Eur. Hec.
37ff.; Eur. Hec.
round, i.e. circular; cf. v. 314.
bustum: Servius and
Hyginus apparently think of the tomb of Achilles as on the
Ovid, following Euripides, has in mind a cenotaph on the
shore of Thrace.
copiam: with a
dependent infinitive, solvere;
Sall. Cat. 17.6
molliter vivere copia
Verg. A. 9.483
te adfari data copia.
Neptunia: i.e. built by
solvere vincla: cf.
Hom. Il. 16.100
o)/fr' oi)=oi Troi/hs i(era\
; similariy according to Polybius 17.11.5 the fortresses of