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E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 35 (search)
An invitation to an otherwise unknown poet, Caecilius of Como, to visit Catullus at Verona, with incidentally a little pleasantry about a love-affair of Caecilius, and a neat compliment about his forthcoming poem. This address could not have been written before 59 B.C. (cf. v. 4 n.), and was atinian law, Julius Caesar settled 5O0O colonists at Comum, a town already established under Cn. Pompeius Strabo, and called the place Novum Comum. Como, the modern town, lies at the southern end of the westem arm of Lacus Larius (Lago di Como), about thirty miles north of Mediolanum (Milan). Como), about thirty miles north of Mediolanum (Milan). cogitationes: Catullus desires to entice his friend to visit him, and so speaks with playful vagueness of certain weighty matters that can be communicated only by word of mouth. The whole tone of the poem is opposed to any serious interpretation of the phrase.