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Catullus 43

Salve, nec minimo puella naso nec bello pede nec nigris ocellis nec longis digitis nec ore sicco nec sane nimis elegante lingua, decoctoris amica Formiani...................5 ten provincia narrat esse bellam? tecum Lesbia nostra comparatur? o saeclum insapiens et infacetum!

Meter: hendecasyllabics. 1ff. several Ablatives of Description, e.g., minimo naso. naso: nose 4. nec sane. . . lingua: and a tongue which is certainly not very refined 5. decoctoris. . Formiani: the girlfriend of the bankrupt from Formiae referring to Mamurra of Formiae, who was actually quite wealthy. Catullus calls him decoctor to emphasize his excessive spending habits. 6. ten = tene (te + -ne) 8. o saeclum. . .infacetum: What a stupid and tasteless generation


Catullus 43  

Salve, nec minimo puella naso nec bello pede nec nigris ocellis nec longis digitis nec ore sicco nec sane nimis elegante lingua, decoctoris...

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