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invita, o regina, tuo de vertice cessi,
invita : adiuro teque tuumque caput, digna ferat quod siquis inaniter adiurarit:
sed qui se ferro postulet esse parem? ille quoque eversus mons est quem maximum in orbe
progenies Thiae clara supervehitur, cum Medi peperere novum mare cumque iuventus
per medium classi barbara navit Athon. quid facient crines, cum ferro talia cedant ?
Iuppiter, ut Chalybon omne genus pereat, et qui principio sub terra quaerere venas
institit ac ferri frangere duritiem !
39. Cf. Verg. Aen. 6, 460: in 45. Medi: the hosts of Xerxes. vitus, regina, tuo de litore cessi. novum mare : the canal cut 40. adiuro
caput : the through the isthmus of Athos at fragment of Callimachus (35 b, the time of the invasion of Greece. Schneider), σήν τε καρήν ώμοσα 46. navit: cf. 64, 1: pinus diσόν τε βίον, shows how closely cuntur liquidas Neptuni nasse per Catullus here followed his original, undas. preserving the acc. with adiuro, 47. That the mood in such a construction that does not appear questions depends on the feeling again before Vergil (Aen. 12, 816: of the writer is shown clearly by adiuro Stygii caput implacabile a comparison of Verg. Ec. 3, 16: fontis).
quid domini faciant, audent cum 41. Note the inverted order. talia fures ? Livy, 21, 10, II: digna (acc.): i.e. poenam.
dedemus ergo Hannibalem ? dicet 42. qui: for the regular sub aliquis. stantive form quis. — ferro: refer 48. Iuppiter : cf.
v. 30, n.; ring to the shears that clipped the Hor. Sat. 2, I, 42:
o pater et lock.
rex Iuppiter, ut pereat positum 43. ille ... mons : “that famous robigine telum. — Chalybon : a peomountain,' Athos.
- quoque : i.e. ple of Pontus, celebrated for their as well as I, a hapless lock of hair. skill in mining and iron-working.
eversus : sc. ferro. The hyper 50. ferri . . . duritiem : = ferboles in this sentence are uttered rum durum ; cf. Lucr. 5, 1241 : aes naïvely by the lock.
atque aurum ferrumque reper44. progenies Thiae: Helios. tumst et simul argenti pondus;
abiunctae paullo ante comae mea fata sorores
lugebant, cum se Memnonis Aethiopis
obtulit Arsinoes Locridos ales equus,
et Veneris casto collocat in gremio.
53. nictantibus Bentley nutantibus V mutantibus M mitantibus, motantibus, natantibus, various minor authorities. 54. Locridos Bentley elocridicos VR Cypridos Bergk. ales D alis VR.
2,449: validi silices ac duri robora
ontory of Zephyrion, near Alexanferri aeraque.
dria, whence is derived also the 51. paullo ante: to be taken name Zephyritis (v. 57). — Locriwith abiunctae (sc. a me). The dos : it is possible that the apbereavement had but just oc pearance of this obscure epithet curred, that very day. For the here may be due to confusion meter see Intr. § 42, I (5) (6). or comparison of this particular
52. Aethiopis: the epithet may Zephyrion with the more famous have significance as referring to Italian promontory of the same the dark color of Memnon's name in Bruttii, which from early brother, the ales equus of v. 54. times was settled by the Locrians. Cf. also umbras (v. 55).
The term Cypridos, if it can be 53. unigena : "own brother,'i.e. justified critically as the correct Emathion, who, like Memnon, was reading here, is more appropriate a son of Eos and Tithonus;
and more accurate historically. 64, 300. The rendering, only Cf. P. W. 2, 1286. begotten' does not agree with probably the ostrich, here identiOvid, Met. 13, 608–609: pariter fied with Emathion (cf. n. on v. sonuere sorores innumerae. — nic 52); Pausanias (9, 31, 1) describes tantibus : the imagery has a rare the service rendered to Arsinoë charm.
by an ostrich: την δε 'Αρσινόην 54. Arsinoes : Arsinoë II, στρουθος φέρει χαλκή των απτήdaughter of Ptolemy I; wife first vov. Others understand the phrase of Lysimachus, king of Thrace, to refer to Zephyrus. later of her brother, Ptolemy Phila 57. Zephyritis : cf. n. on v. 54. delphus (cf. v. 22, n.). Among famulum : i.e. the ales equus of other honors, she was identified v. 54, the ostrich. Cf. Ovid, Met. with Venus, and a temple was 3, 229, where Actaeon's hounds erected in her name on the prom are his famuli ; and Manil. 4, 760,
ales equus :
Graia Canopiis incola litoribus.
ex Ariadneis aurea temporibus
devotae flavi verticis exuviae,
sidus in antiquis diva novum posuit :
59. hic iuveni Ismario Ellis hi dii ven ibi vario V hi dij venibi (or ven ibi) vario R arduei ibi Haupt invida enim Vahlen numen ibi Ritschl hic liquidi Friedrich. lumine or limine w mumine R numine V.
where the famulus of Cybele is crown') at the translation of Arithe lion.
adne to heaven is a theme of fre58. Graia: referring to the quent recurrence in the poets : Greek ancestry of Arsinoë as com Ovid, Fast. 3, 459-516; 5, 345: pared to her ultimate home in Baccho placuisse coronam ex AriEgypt (Canopiis). This Greek adneo sidere nosse potes; Met. 8, woman took precedence of all the 177–182; Manil. 5, 21: Ariadmembers of the royal house of neae caelestia dona coronae ; Prop. Egypt in becoming the first of 3, 17, 7: testatur in astris lyncibus the Ptolemies to be deified. The ad caelum vecta Ariadna tuis. Alexandrian obscurity of this whole 62. flavi: the Homeric ideal ; passage may easily have been en so Ariadne's hair is described by hanced by the poet's ignorance of the same epithet in 64, 63 : flavo Egyptian conditions.
vertice. 59. hic : temporal. — iuveni Is 63. uvidulam: a characteristie mario: Bacchus, whose vine was Catullus diminutive. - fletu: due abundant on Ismarus ; cf. Verg. to its compulsory condition as Georg. 2, 37 : iuvat Ismara Bac exuviae. — templa : cf. Enn. Ann. cho conserere.
I, 49 (Vahlen): ad caeli caerula 60. ex Ariadneis .
templa; Lucr. 1, 1014: nec mare at the marriage of Ariadne to Bac tellus
caeli lucida chus, after her desertion by The templa. seus, Venus gave her as a bridal 65. virginis : the constellation gift a magnificent crown of gold Virgo was variously identified with and precious gems (made by Dike-Astraea, Isis, Tyche, ErigVulcan). Its metamorphosis into one, etc. Cf. Class. Dict. a constellation (“the northern namque : the position cf.
lumina, Callisto iuncta Lycaoniae,
qui vix sero alto mergitur Oceano.
lux autem canae Tethyi restituit :
namque ego non ullo vera timore tegam,
Draeger, 2, p. 162; Tib. 1, 7, 12, n. “inasmuch as the constellation is
– leonis: Zeus was responsible in a perpendicular position, occufor the metamorphosis of the pies some time, whereas his rising famous Nemean lion, slain by is rapid, being effected in a horiHercules, into the constellation zontal position." Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac. 69. quamquam belongs to resti
66. Callisto : dat.; but one of tuit as well as to premunt; the several irregular forms in the decl. principal clause begins at v. 75: – of this word. Her history is vari premunt vestigia divum : cf. Arat. ously told, the adj. Lycaoniae here 359 : θεών υπό ποσσι φορείται ; having patronymic force. As at Manil. (1, 803) adopts this phrase. tendant of Artemis in Arcadia she 70. Tethyi : to whom, rather became by Zeus mother of Arcas, than to her husband Oceanus (cf. was changed into a bear, and later, v. 68), the maidenly modesty of either after death, or to escape the Coma prefers to represent herdeath, into a constellation, this self as surrendered for the passage being one of the many identifica by day (lux) back around the tions explanatory of the origin of earth to her next rising. Cf. Tib. Ursa Major. -- iuncta : “next to.'
2, 5, 59-60. 67. dux ante : a touch of pride 71-74. Parenthetical. that she should show the way to 71. Rhamnusia virgo : Nemesis, the ‘oxen-driver,' or charioteer, so called from her temple at RhamBoötes. - Booten : the constel nus in Attica, whose province it lated Arcas, son of Callisto ; or was to punish presumptuous words. Lycaon; or Icarius.
Cf. 68, 77 ; 50, 20 : ne poenas 68. vix sero ... mergitur: a Nemesis reposcat a te. characteristic noticed by Homer,
73. nec: sc. tegam. Only if Od. 5, 272 : οψε δύοντα βοώτην, tum, or some other emphatic word, and explained by Sir G. C. Lewis were expressed, should we think (Astronomy of the Ancients, p. 59) nec =ne . .. quidem. This verse on the ground that its setting, is an emphatic reiteration of the
condita quin veri pectoris evoluam :
afore me a dominae vertice discrucior,
unguentis, una milia multa bibi.
non prius unanimis corpora coniugibus
quam iucunda mihi munera libet onyx,
77. expers V expersa Heinsius expressa Statius ex pars Munro. 78. unguentis V unguenti si Lachmann unguenti surii Auratus. 79. quom Haupt quem V quas w. 80. prius w post G. 82. quam V quin Lachmann.
previous one. si = etiamsi. discerpent: probably the word is more literal than figurative in the mind of the poet ; but as a metaphor it must be regarded as a áraš deyouevov. Cf. Cic. Ad Att. 2, 19, 3 : qua dominus qua advocati sibilis conscissi. The tense signifies the probability of the fate. dictis : instr.
74. quin indicates that tegam was used as a verb of hindering.' - evolŭam ; cf. Intr. $ 43.
75. his ... rebus : i.e. the great honors recently described.
76. afore me : emphatic and artistic inversion, forming a chiasmus with the expression in v. 75.
77. expers : in the active sense, and with concessive force, “though caring little for.' Cf. Plaut. Amph. 713 : eo more expertem te ; Ovid, Met. 1, 479; Hor. Car. 3, 11, II. Cf. also K. P. H. in BPW., Vol. 30, Sp. 285.
78. una : to be taken with quicum. . 79. nunc =
vūv dé = ut nunc est. “ Blessings brighten as they take their Hight," and under the changed conditions, the lock eagerly demands in its translated state offerings of the choicest perfumes from newly wedded brides, who by the act will remind her of her lost home and her beloved mistress.- lumine=die, as in v. 90.
80. unanimis : in mutual affection.'
82. onyx: an ointment vase made of onyx. They were even more common, especially in Egypt, of alabaster (alabastron). For typical shapes v. Dennis, Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, p. cxxv, ill. 77 and 78. Cf. Hor. Car.4, 12, 17 : nardi parvus onyx eliciat cadum ; Prop. 2, 13, 30; St. Mark 14, 3: “ alabaster box (R.V. “cruse ") of ointment."
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