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(reigned 247-222 B.C.), king of Egypt, had for her husband's safety vowed to the gods a lock of her hair, when, shortly after his accession to the throne and marriage, the king was setting out on an expedition against Syria. Upon his safe return the vow was paid, and the tress deposited in the temple of the deified Arsinoe on the promontory of Zephyrion. Next morning, however, it had disappeared; but the anger of the king was appeased by . 2.11.16, etc. The war was to avenge the murder of Berenice, sister of Ptolemy Euergetes and widow of Antiochus Theos, by her step-son Seleucus Callinicus, who had in 246 B.C. succeeded his father on the throne of Syria. parentum gaudia: i.e. in their hope of descendants; cf. Catul. 64.379 f. ita me divi iverint: cf. Catul. 61.196; Catul. 97.1; and with the hyperbaton, Catul. 44.9. With
Asia Minor (Turkey) (search for this): text comm, poem 66
taurino sanguine: the sacrifices of cattle may have been in acknowledgment ot past favors, while the new vow was made for the future; or they may have been part of the vow to be paid in the future; cf. in either case the votorum nuncupatio of the Roman consuls at their entry upon office, and Hannibal's offering (Liv. 21.21.9). tetulisset: see Catul. 34.8n. Asiam: Ptolemy ravaged Asia Minor and the eastern districts, at least as far as the Euphrates; cf. Inscr. of Adule; Just. 27.3. caelesti reddita coetu: the lock speaks from its final resting-place among the stars, passing over the brief interval of deposit in the temple of Zephyritis. On the form coetu see Catul. 34.8n. pristina: of the past. novo: of the present; the lock has but lately reached i
s iurare tuumque ; Plin. Ep. 2.20.6 (of the perjury of Regulus by the head of his son). In direct imitation of Callimachus (l. c.) Catullus uses the accusative with adiuro in this sense, a construction which appears next in the Augustan age; cf. Verg. A. 12.816 adiuro Stygii caput implacabile fontis . maximum: cf. Strab. 331 fr. 33 u(yhlo/taton (of Mt. Athos). in oris: not restrictive of maximum, but modifying quem directly (= in litore stantem), ‘that most mighty promontory-mountain.’ progenies Thiae: i.e. the sun; Hesiod (Hes. Theog. 371) says that Thia bore Helios and Selene to Hyperion; cf. Pind. I. 4.1. 45 f.. The cutting by Xerxes of a ship-canal through the isthmus of Athos is described in Hdt.
Berenice (Libya) (search for this): text comm, poem 66
Triviam: cf. Catul. 34.15n. Latmia saxa: Selene was wont to meet secretly upon Mt. Latmus in Caria the beautiful shepherd Endymion, with whom she had fallen in love (cf. Paus. 5.1); sub saxa = in antrum. aerio: so Horace of the heavens, Hor. Carm. 1.28.5 aerias temptasse domos . me: the poem is a monologue spoken by the lock (v. 51) of Berenice's hair itself. ille: i.e. the person referred to in v. 1ff., me ille Conon corresponding to omnia qui. Conon: the astronomer-royal of Ptolemy, a native of Samos, and friend of Archimedes. He wrote some astronomical treatises, which, however, have not been preserved; cf. Verg. Ecl. 3.40ff. Conon et quis fuit alter descripsit radio totum qui gentibu
retur . ut cedant: etc., in v. 2 the reference is to the apparent daily motion of the stars, due to the revolution of the earth on its axis; in v. 4, to their yearly motion with reference to the apparent position of the sun, due to the revolution of the earth about the sun. Triviam: cf. Catul. 34.15n. Latmia saxa: Selene was wont to meet secretly upon Mt. Latmus in Caria the beautiful shepherd Endymion, with whom she had fallen in love (cf. Paus. 5.1); sub saxa = in antrum. aerio: so Horace of the heavens, Hor. Carm. 1.28.5 aerias temptasse domos . me: the poem is a monologue spoken by the lock (v. 51) of Berenice's hair itself. ille: i.e. the person referred to in v. 1ff., me ille Conon corresponding t
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