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A finely-pointed epigram directed against a man otherwise unknown.

lepidissima: like v.2 lepidus, of physical rather than of mental characteristics cf. Catul. 1.1lepidum libellum” ; Ter Heaut 1060tibi dabo illam lepidam quam tu facile ames” .

[3] bellus: here of the charming politeness of a man of society training and discrimination cf. Catul. 22.9n.

[4] bello bella: synonymous with lepidissimalepidus above, as the similar conjunction shows.

[4] puella: of a youthful matron; cf. the frequent application of the same word to Lesbia.

[5] Gallusstultus: an abrupt correction of the commendation in v. 3; instead of having a fine sense of the fitness of things, Gallus has no sense at all.

[6] qui: etc. i. e. in helping his nephew to dishonor another uncle be prompts him to practice upon his teacher. The clause modifies se and not maritum.

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