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On the delight of homecoming. The poem is a most unartificial and joyous pouring out of the poet's warmth of feeling at reaching Sirmio after his year of absence with Memmius in Bithynia (v. 5), and forms a perfect conclusion to Catul. 46.1ff., while it is itself supplemented by the quieter reminiscent strains of Catul. 4.1ff. With this and Catul. 101.1ff. cf. Tennyson Frater Ave atque Vale.—Date, summer of 56 B.C.—Meter, choliamb
ally, in Greek fashion; cf.
Cic. Rep. 6.11
nunc venis paene miles
Ov. Her. 15.357
Livy 26.42.8 appears to be the
first to write paeninsula.
Sirmio, the modern
Sermione, is a long and narrow peninsula running out into
the southern end of the Lago di Garda (Lacus
Benacus). The ruins referred to by
Tennyson (l.c.) are of the age of