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On the Cato to whom these coarse verses are addressed see Intr. 62.—Meter, Phalaecean.

[2] tuo: modifying both nouns, though agreeing with the second.

[3] quidquid amas Catullum: i.e. in proportion to the love you bear Catullus: a variation on the colloquial phrase si me amas in exhortations; cf. Pl. Trin. 244da mihi hoc, mel meum, si me amas, si audes” ; Ter. Heaut. 1031 cave posthac, si me amas, unquam istuc verbum ex te audiam; Cic. Att. 5.17.5 si quicquam me amas, hunc locum muni.

[4] nimis: cf. Catul. 43.4n.

[6] si placet Dionae: a variation on the phrase si dis placet, sometimes used in the sense of dis iuvantibus of completed actions; cf. Pl. Capt. 454expedivi ex servitute filium, si dis placet” . Dione is mentioned in Hom. Il. 5.370 as the mother of Aphrodite, but Catullus apparently has in mind Venus herself; cf. Bion 1.93; Theocr. 7.116; Pl. Mil. 1414; and the Augustan and later poets often, as Verg. Ecl. 9.47ecce Dionaei processit Caesaris astrum” ; Hor. Carm. 2.1.39Dionaeo sub antro” .

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