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On the evidence of Lesbia's love for him. Written at least before 59 B.C. (when Q. Metellus Celer, the husband of Clodia, died) and probably to be placed among the earliest of the poems concerning Lesbia (see Intr. 16). With the theme cf. Catul. 92.1ff.; Prop. 4.8passim” ; Ov. Rem. Am. 647f.

mi praesente viro: it does not follow, however, that Catullus was himself present; but the epigram may have been sent to Lesbia on hearing of the incident from others, and may date from the period when he was first paying court to her.

mala dicit: cf. Pl. Men. 717omnia mala ingerebat, quemquem aspexerat” ; Tib. 1.2.11mala siqua tibi dixit” .

[2] fatuo: cf. Catul. 98.2n. fatuis.

[3] mule: not common as a synonym for a fellow of persistent dullness but cf. Juv. 16.23mulino corde Vagelli” .

[4] sana i. e. free from the passion of love cf. Verg. A. 4.8[Dido] adloquitur male sana sororem” ; Tibullus 4.6.18uritur nec sana fuisse velit” .

[4] gannit: strictly of the snarling of a dog; cf. Non. 450.11gannire cum sit proprie canum” ; Ter. Ad. 556quid ille gannit? quid volt?Juv. 6.64Appula gannit” .

[5] acrior: more to the point.

[6] uritur: of the passion of love; cf. Hor. Carm. 1.13.8quam lentis penitus macerer ignibus; uror” , etc.; Catul. 2.8n. ardor.

[6] et: and therefore; introducing a result of the preceding fact; cf. Pl. Asin. 447audio et quiesco” .

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    • Catullus, Poems, 92
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 4.8
    • Ovid, Remedia Amoris
    • Plautus, Asinaria, 2.4
    • Plautus, Menaechmi, 5.1
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