Vol. 48 (2022): XLVIII - 2022
Articoli

Catullus 1.9-10

Published June 10, 2022
Keywords
  • Catullus,
  • patronage,
  • textual criticism,
  • scribal inversions

Abstract

The vulgate reading patrona virgo at Catullus 1.9 should be taken as representing an attempt to decipher a corrupted scribal inversion of rogo, patrone, a plea addressed to the poem’s dedicatee, Cornelius Nepos (“accept this book… please, my patron”).  The nature of such patronal support is examined, along with some other recent studies of lines 9-10.

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