- textual criticism,
- scribal inversions
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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.