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On the cruelty of Juventius in shunning the poet's kisses. On Juventius cf. Catul. 15.1ff. and Intr. 37—This poem antedates c. 15 and the rest of the cycle immediately connected therewith.

[2] dulci dulcius: cf. Catul. 22.14n. infaceto infacetior.

[3] non impune tuli: cf. Catul. 78b.5non impune feres” .

[4] suffixum in cruce: kept upon the rack. The reference is perhaps to the punishment by impalement, rarer and more dreaded than the ordinary forms of crucifixion; cf. Sen. Con. 20.3video istic cruces non unius quidem generis, sed aliter ab aliis fabricatasalii per obscoena stipitem egerunt” ; Sen. Ep. 101.12suffigas licet et acutam sessuro crucem subdas” .

[4] summa: of the intensity of the torture; cf. Colum. 1.7.2summum ius antiqui summam putabant crucem” .

[6] tantillum: an atom.

[6] vestrae saevitiae: i.e. the cruelty that is peculiar to you and your like.

[7] simul: sc. atque; cf. Catul. 22.15n.

[7] id: with reference to the theft of the kiss.

[8] guttis: sc. of water; cf. Lucr. 6.942saxa superne guttis manantibus stillent” .

[8] articulis: fingers, as occasionally in the elegiasts and later.

[9] contractum: a technical word connected with contagious and infectious diseases.

[10] cf. Catul. 78b.4.

[10] lupae: a nickname for a prostitute; cf. Liv. 1.4.7sunt qui Larentiam vulgato corpore lupam inter pastores vocatam putent” .

[11] infesto tradere Amori: i. e. to hand me over as a captive to a merciless jailer, —the idea being that the boy's petulant anger made him more attractive than ever, and quickened, instead of quenching, the poet's passion.

[14] tristi: bitter; cf. Anth. Pal. 5.29.2πικρότερον γίγνεται ἑλλεβόρου” . On the collocation tristi tristius cf. Catul. 22.14n.

[15-16] 15-16. The poem concludes with a mock simplicity that allows the sportive character of the preceding complaints to be seen.

[15-16] misero: cf. Catul. 91.2n.

[16] basia: cf. Catul. 5.7n.

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