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On the inferiority of Quintia to Lesbia. Cf. also Catul. 43.1ff. Quintia is evidently not the Sister of the Quintius of Catul. 82.1ff. and Catul. 100.1ff.; for this poem dates from the time of the faith of Catullus in Lesbia, at which time Quintius was his friend (cf. c. 100). With the sentiment cf. Petron. ap. Poet. Lat. Min. 4.89 Baehrens non est forma satis, etc.

candida, longa, recta: these being characteristics of typical female beauty, as of that of the goddesses; cf. Ov. Am. 2.4.33tu, quia tam longa es, veteres heroidas aequas” ; Hor. S. 1.2.123 f.candida rectaque sit, munda hactenus, ut neque longa nec magis alba velit, quam dat natura, videri;Tennyson, Princess, A daughter of the gods, divinely tall, and most divinely fair.

[3] venustas: cf. Catul. 3.1n. Veneres.

[4] mica salis: cf. Mart. 7.25nullaque mica salis nec amari fellis in illis [versibus] gutta sit” .

[6] Veneres: cf. Pl. Stich. 278amoenitates omnium Venerum et venustatum adfero” ; Quint. 10.1.79Isocrates omnes dicendi Veneres sectatus est” .

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