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A bit of taunting advice to a notorious father and son, otherwise unknown, to go to the deuce.—Meter, Phalaecean.

furum balneariorum: thieves of clothing at the baths were troublesome even in early Rome (cf. Pl. Rud. 382ff.), and the trouble continued into later times; cf. Petr. 30subducta sibi vestimenta dispensatoris in balneo

optime: i.e. most successful; with the ironical use cf. Catul. 36.6electissima pessimi poetae scriptaCatul. 37.14boni beatique” .

[3] dextra: the left hand is the one traditionally appropriated to stealing (cf. Catul. 12.1n) but here Catullus means simply the hand and not the right as distinguished from the left.

[5] cur non itis: an impatient exhortation; cf. Ter. Eun. 465quid stamus? quor non imus hinc?Hor. Carm. 3.19.18cur Berecyntiae cessant flamina tibiae?

[5] exsilium: perhaps the preposition with oras answers for both nouns, as in Hor. Carm. 3.25.2quae nemora aut quos agor in specus” : but cf. Acc. 599 R.proficisci exsilium.

[5] malas in oras: with a play between the idea of actual banishment (cf. Ter. Phor. 978publicitus hinc asportarier in solas terras” ) and that of the familiar in malam rem.

[8] asse: i.e. the most insignificant sum; cf. Catul. 5.3n.

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    • Catullus, Poems, 36
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    • Terence, Phormio, 5.7
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