In this and the two following verses is a trace of the
reconciliation of Catullus to Caesar; cf. Intr. 38ff. The poet could not yet
sing Caesar's praises unreservedly, though he might have
done so had he lived longer; but he has already yielded from
his earlier position ofunmixed censure.
monimenta: the places
mentioned are themselves the reminders of Caesar's
Rhine is so
styled since it was the boundary of Caesar's great
conquests, and not with reference to his passage of the
river from Gaul
into Germany (cf.
Caes. B. G. 4.16 ff.)
horribile aequor: the
proverbially rough English channel.
ultimos: cf. Catul. 29.4
Hor. Carm. 1.35.29
serves iturum Caesarem in ultimos