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An unknown Ravidus is threatened with the pillory of verse for playing the rival to Catullus.—The resemblance of this poem to Catul. 15.1ff., including the use of the phrase meos amores (v. 7), suggests that it too is one of the Juventius cycle, and was written at about the same time (see Intr. 37)—Meter, Phalaecean.

mala mens: cf. Catul. 15.14.

miselle: in feigned commiseration.

Ravide: undoubtedly dissyllabic (cf. such forms as lautus from an apparent lavitus, audeo from an apparent avideo, eicit dissyllabic in Lucretius, etc.); there are no cases of synapheia in Phalaecean verse.

[2] iambos: these very verses, though Phalaecean, are perhaps those threatened, iambics being nsed as a general term for all verser of personal satire; cf. Catul. 54.6; Catul. 12.10n.

[3] tibi: ἀπὸ κοινοῦ with advocatus and excitare.

[3] non bene advocatus: pointing to the older belief that a slight mistake in the observance of the ceremonials of invocation might bring down the wrath of the deity instead of his goodwill.

[4] vecordem rixam: cf. Catul. 15.14furor vecors” .

[5] pervenias in ora vulgi: cf. Ovid Trist. 3.14.23populi pervenit in ora” ; Ennius Epitaphvolito vivos per ora virum.

[6] quid vis: a colloquial question of indignant expostulation, more common with tibi expressed; cf. Ter. Heaut. 61pro deum atque hominum fidem, quid vis tibi?Cic. De Or. 2.67.269quid tibi vis, insane?Hor. S. 2.6.29quid vis, insane?Prop. 1.5.3quid tibi vis, insane?

[6] qua libet: in any possible way; cf. Catul. 76.14; but in a locative sense in Catul. 15.11.

[7] eris: sc. notus.

[7] meos amores: probably of Juventius (cf. Catul. 15.1), who had been exposed to the approaches of Ravidus by his residence with Aurelius.

[8] cum longa poena: cf. Catul. 77.2magno cum pretio atque malo.” Catullus expects long life for his verses (cf. Catul. 1.10).

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