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A poem falsely ascribed to Vergil, and sometimes printed with his works. It consists of 541 hexameter lines, giving an account of the treacherous conduct of the Megarian princess Scylla towards her father, Nisus, and her transformation into the bird Ciris. It is dedicated to the son of Messalla, and draws largely upon Vergil's verse, eleven lines being copied outright, and eight with the change of only one word. Other portions suggest Catullus and occasionally Lucretius.

The metrical treatment is less careful than Vergil's own, while the style is more lively. See Kreunen, Prolegomena in Cirin (Utrecht, 1882); Walz, De Carmine Ciris (Paris, 1881); Siecke, De Niso et Scylla in Aves Mutatis (Berlin, 1884); and R. Ellis in the American Journal of Philology, vol. viii. p. 399.

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