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The appeal made to Aurelius in 15 for a chaste guardianship of Juventius has apparentiy proved ineffective, and this is a final remonstrance with a threat of punishment if it be disregarded.—Meter, Phalaecean.

Aureli: see Intr. 37, Intr. 41.

pater: such a preëmiuent type of starvation is Aurelius that he might well pose as the parent, or presiding genius, among all similarly afflicted persons: cf. Mart. 12.53.10huic semper vitio [rapacitati] pater fuisti.

esuritionum: the word apparently occurs first in Catullus (cf. also Catul. 23.14); it is also found in Petronius and Martial. With the use of abstract for concrete, cf. Catul. 47.2scabies famesque mundi” , and often.

[2] non harum modo: etc., cf. Catul. 24.2; Catul. 49.2; Cic. Red. Quir. 7.16Cn. Pompeius, vir omnium qui sunt, fuerunt, erunt, virtute, sapientia, gloria princeps.

[4] meos amores: cf. Catul. 15.1; Catul. 6.16n.

[5] simul: sc. cum eo;

[5] una: the common supplement (cf. Pl. Most. 1022i mecum una simul” ), follows in a second clause; cf. Catul. 50.13ut tecum loquerer simulque ut essem.

[7] frustra nam: cf. the same collocation in Hor. Carm. 3.7.21frustra: nam voces audit integer.

[7] insidias mihi instruentem: cf. Catul. 15.16; and with the precise expression, Liv. 6.23.6insidiis instruendis locum.

[11] ah me me: an exclamation of commiseration for Juventius.

[11] discet: Aurelius is pater esuritionum (Catul. 21.1), and the boy will of course be taught bad habits by him; i.e. if the affection of Juventius is won away from Catullus so that the boy will not return to him, but prefers to live as the protégé of Aurelius, he will perforce have to share the privations that exist in the house of Aurelius. It sounds as if the poem were meant to toll back Juventius as much as to score Aurelius.

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