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E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 11 (search)
f.) horribile aequor: the proverbially rough English channel. ultimos: cf. Catul. 29.4 Catul. 29.12; Hor. Carm. 1.35.29 serves iturum Caesarem in ultimos orbis Britannos ; Verg. Ecl. 1.66 penitus toto divisos orbe Britannos. The preliminary invasion of Britain took place in the late summer of 55 B.C. Apparently Furius and Aurelius, at the suggestion of Lesbia, tendered their services in bringing about a reconciliation with her; but Catullus thoroughly despises them for their actions in the past (cf. Intr. 37), and employs them as comites on only one, and that a final, errand, - to convey to Lesbia his decision against her appeal. meae puellae: in half-scornful, half-mournful reminiscence of such passages as Catul. 2.1 and Catul. 3.3; cf. th