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et domus est titulis utraque fulta suis.
vinxit et acceptas altera vitta comas,
in lapide hoc uni nupta fuisse legar.
sub quorum titulis, Africa, tunsa iaces,
quique tuas proavo fregit Achille domos,
37. colendos O verendos w. 38. tunsa 0 tonsa w. 39. te Santenius et 0. Perseu Santenius Persen LF2 pseu F Persem NDV. simulantem w stimulantem 0. Achilli 0 Achillis V. Achille Lipsius. 40. tuas 0 tumens Postgate et tumidas lleyne.
32. titulis : strictly, the in- humiliation of Carthage, with suitscriptions placed beneath the able inscriptions; but titulis may masks of the family ancestors, be used here much as in verse 32. which were kept in the atrium ; 39. te . . . quique . . . fregit here used for the famous ancestors = eum qui te ... et · fregit. themselves as an illustrious line. Cornelia is appealing to another
33. praetexta : the purple- illustrious member of her family, bordered
garment of childhood, Aemilius Paullus, who was conwhich girls laid aside at marriage. queror of Perseus, and the father
34. altera vitta : i.e. the dress- of the Scipio Numantinus of verse ing of the hair in the mode of the 30, who came into the Cornelian sex crines according to the custom family by adoption. - proavi: Perof Roman matrons.
seus traced his descent through 35. sic discessura : cf. the for- Pyrrhus to Achilles. — simulantem mula, “ till death us do part." pectus: making a bluff at the 36. lapide hoc
spirit.' — Achilli: one of the sevuse of this elegy as a sepulchral eral variant forms for this gen. inscription. — uni nupta : regarded 40. proavo . . Achille: scornas a special glory to a woman : cf. fully concessive. CIL. 6, 14404, 8: diceris coniunxs 41. censurae legem : “the strictuna fuisse viri.
ness of the Censor's ideal.' Her 38. sub. titulis . . . iaces : husband, Paullus, was one of the perhaps the poet is thinking of Censors in 22 B.C., but disagreed some artistic representation of the with his colleague L. Munatius;
labe mea vestros erubuisse focos.
quin erat et magnae pars imitanda domus.
viximus insignes inter utramque facem. mi natura dedit leges a sanguine ductas,
ne possem melior iudicis esse metu.
turpior adsessu non erit ulla meo,
Claudia, turritae rara ministra deae,
48. ne possem w ne possiin V2 ne possis O nec Scaliger. 51. Cybeben Lachmann Cybellem NDV Cibelem FL. 53. cuius sacros Rothstein cuius rasos O cui commissos w cui iuratos Phillimore.
cf. Vell. Pat. 2, 95, 3. — mollisse : 'gave occasion to tone down.'
43. exuviis : i.e. “glory.' - Cornelia : 6a Cornelia.'
44. et = etiam : 'even.' 45. aetas: cf. 1, 6, 21, n.
46. utramque facem: the torch of the wedding procession and that with which the funeral pyre was kindled. Cf. Ovid, Fast. 2, 561: conde tuas, Hymenale, faces et ab ignibus atris aufer! habent alias maesta sepulcra faces.
49. quaelibet . .. urna : i.e. whatever court, no matter how strict. — tabellas: the votes of the judges (jury): these would be marked either C (condemno), A (absolvo), or N L (non liquet).
50. It was the custom for friends to sit beside the accused at trials.
51. tu : Claudia Quinta, a vestal virgin accused of unchastity, who, when the image of Cybele was being brought to Rome, was able, after praying to the goddess, to move the boat, which had grounded in the Tiber, and was thus vindicated; cf. Suet. Tib. 2. — tardam: referring to the boat carrying the sacred images and mysteries of the goddess.
52. turritae : referring to the mural crown worn by the goddess as guardian of cities.
53. cuius : sc. illa. Aemilia, a virgo vestalis maxima, who allowed the sacred fire to go out, was vindicated when her linen garment, which she had thrown upon the hearth. sprang into fame. Cf. Val. Max. I, I, 7.
exhibuit vivos carbasus alba focos.
in me mutatum quid nisi fata velis ?
defensa et gemitu Caesaris ossa mea.
increpat, et lacrimas vidimus ire deo.
nec mea de sterili facta rapina domo.
condita sunt vestro lumina nostra sinu.
consul quo factus tempore, rapta soror.
66. consul quo factus Lachmann consule quo facto Ofesto Koppiers.
54. alba : the prescribed dress 61. emerui ... honores : i.e. as of the vestals was white. — focos the mother of their children, I ignes.
have earned the right to wear the 55. caput: here = 'heart'; cf. stola of honor' (supposed to be verse 10, n.- - Scribonia : she had awarded to those mothers who been divorced from Augustus since thus had fulfilled the condition of
the ius trium liberorum). – gene56. A common phrase in se- rosos: by hypallage for generosae. pulchral inscriptions is: de qua 63. Lepide ... Paulle: the sons vir nil doluit nisi mortem.
who were to perpetuate the family 58. ossa : cf. verse 20.
name. The former, who was the 59. nata : Julia, the daughter younger, was consul in 6 A.D. of Augustus by Scribonia. The The latter, consul in i A.D., marpoet carefully ignores the scandal- ried Julia, the daughter of Agrippa. ous looseness of Julia's character, 64. condita : “closed.' which was no credit to Cornelia. 65. fratrem:P.Cornelius Scipio.
sororem : Cornelia, half-sister, - geminasse : "occupy a second daughter of Cornelius and Scri- time. He was consul in 16 B.C. and bonia.
had presumably been praetor al60. increpat : complains'; fol- ready, as it was no longer necessary lowed by the inf. also in 3, 10, to precede the major offices with deo: cf. 3, 4, 1, n.
the curule aedileship. - 24
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filia, tu specimen censurae nata paternae,
fac teneas unum nos imitata virum,
solvitur aucturis tot mea fata meis.
laudat ubi emeritum libera fama rogum.
hac cura et cineri spirat inusta meo.
omnis erit collo turba ferenda tuo.
tota domus coepit nunc onus esse tuum.
70. aucturis w uncturis LDV nupturis F.
67. filia: Lepida was probably 71. feminei ... triumphi: the born in the year of her father's only triumphal procession a woman censorship, 22 BC. - specimen : could have was that of a funeral how much Cornelia meant by this like Cornelia's. expression it is difficult to tell. 72. emeritum ... rogum: cf. The daughter's birth at that time, verse 8, n. — libera fama: 'repute her likeness to her parents as an freely expressed. 'indication that her father and 73. tibi: she turns to her husmother practiced what
band. preached, and a model life to
74. spirat : lives on.' – inusta : follow — all these at least may cf. Cic. Ver. 2, 1, 113: cur hunc have been in her mother's mind. dolorem cineri eius atque ossibus
69. serie: i.e. of descendants. inussisti? Butler cites Gray's - fulcite: Cornelia is now speak- Elegy: “Ev'n in our ashes live ing to all three of her children ; their wonted fires." cf. Sen. Rhetor, Contr. 2, 1, 7: non 75. Cf. Eurip. Alc. 377: où vũv tibi per multos fulta liberos domus γενού τοισδ' αντ' εμού μήτηρ τέκest. Cf. English “ pillar of the VOLS. church." - cymba : Charon's.
76. turba : cf. verses 31 and 70. aucturis ... mea fata : des
98. tined to add luster to my fame'; 79. sine testibus illis : the abl. abs. is causal.
cum venient, siccis oscula falle genis.
somniaque in faciem credita saepe meam :
ut responsurae singula verba tace.
sederit et nostro cauta noverca toro,
capta dabit vestris moribus illa manus. nec matrem laudate nimis : conlata priori
84. tace O iace w.
osculantes. before this period this bed (which Paullus is to maintain cheerfulness in more primitive times probably for his children's sake.
also served as a sofa in the day81. quas . . . fatiges : “to pass time) was usually removed to a in sleepless weariness.' By day cubiculum after the wedding cerehe must take up life's burdens. monies were entirely completed,
82. “And the visions in which and in its place stood the sofa you believe
you see my face.' which was the special seat of 83. simulacra: likenesses of honor of the mater familias (lectus wax or marble, in lieu of the adversus); cf. Ascon. Mil. (K. and modern photograph. Cf. Ovid, S.) p. 38: imagines ... maiorum Her. 13, 157
deiecerunt et lectulum adversum 84. ut responsurae: “as if you uxoris eius Corneliae ... fregeexpected me to reply.'— singula runt; Laberius, Compitalia: materverba tace: he is to make it like a familias tua in lecto adverso sedet. conversation rather than an ad- mutarit ianua:
with poetic dress.
license Propertius makes the door 85. seu corresponds to the seu responsible for the changes inin verse 91. — tamen: i.e. in spite volved in arranging the furniture of such matrimonial love as now for a new marriage and admitting exists between us, Paullus and
a new bride. Cornelia. — adversum .. . lectum: 87. pueri : .children.' the marriage bed (lectus genialis) 88. dabit. manus: the imat times of weddings stood in the agery is military: will surrender' back part of the atrium directly (i.e. her heart). opposite the front door. Long 89. conlata : hypothetical.