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Farewell to Bithynia! An unmatched expression of pure joy at the prospect of home-coming. Written in the spring of 56 B.C., when Catullus was concluding his year of absence in Bithynia with Memmius (see Intr. 29ff.). The other poems of this little cycle are Catul. 31.1ff. and Catul. 4.1ff.Bithynia with Memmius (see Intr. 29ff.). The other poems of this little cycle are Catul. 31.1ff. and Catul. 4.1ff.—Meter, Phalaecean. egelidos: the prefix here has the privative meaning, as in Colum. 10.282 nunc ver egelidum, nunc est mollissimus annus ; but the prefix is intensive in Verg. A. 8.610 procul egelido secretum flumine vidit.
Phrygii campi: cf.
(12.564) says of Nicaea, the capital of Bithynia,
Strabo XII. 564
perikei=tai de\ ku/klw| pedi/on
me/ga (cf. Phrigii
campi) kai\ sfo/dra eu)/daimon,