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An invocation accompanying offerings made at the tomb of the poet's brother in the Troad (cf. Catul. 65.5ff.; Catul. 68.19ff. Catul. 68.89ff.). See Intr. 22. multas: etc., the exaggeration of the expression marks the intensity of the poet's grief over the distance that separated him from his brother's deathbed and tomb. miseras: cf. Catul. 68.30n. inferias: defined by Servius on Verg. A. 10.519 inferiae sunt sacra mortuorum, quod inferis solvuntur . Perhaps Catullus is now offering the cena novemdialis, omitted perforce up to this time, since none of the family were present at the burial. In this case the offerings would be especially dishes of eggs, lentils, and salt, and the phrase in v. 9 multum manantia fletu would be quite in point, as it would not be if libations only were offer