A bit of personal satire directed probably against M. Caelius Rufus; see Intr. 59. Caelius is generally known as an exquisite and a lady-killer —a reputation probably better deserved than that indicated in this satire.
 fugiunt: on the indicative instead of subjunctive in indirect questions in archaic and colloquial Latin see Draeger Hist. Synt. 2. §463.1 e.