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Like Catul. 73.1ff., addressed probably to M. Caelius Rufus. Cf. Intr. 59.

frustra: often of a finally unproductive investment; nequiquam, of one hopeless from the very beginning.

credite: believed; cf. Verg. A. 11.247[Cassandra] non unquam credita Teucris” .

[2] With the rhetorical figure (epanorthosis) in frustrafrustra? immo, etc., cf. Cic. Catil. 1.1.2hic tamen vivit. vivit? immo” , etc.

[2] magno cum pretio: cf. Catul. 40.8cum longa poena” .

[4] hei misero: cf. Catul. 68.92ff.

[4] omnia nostra bona: i. e. Lasbia's love; cf. Catul. 68.158omnia bona” ; nostra is for mea, with a change from the singular personal pronoun in the preceding verse like that in Catul. 91.1f; Catul. 116.5f.

[6] nostrae: i. e. the mutual friendship of Catullus and Rufus. With the change from the singular meaning in the preceding verse cf. Catul. 68.94ff.

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