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Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption / A Journal for Ancient Literature and its Reception

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Volume 157, Issue 2



Vincenzo Ortoleva
Published Online: 2014-01-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil.2013.0022


There have been many interpretations of Catullus’ poem 2 (on his girlfriend’s sparrow) and especially of verses 5-8. The first part of this study presents the status quaestionis, listing the main interpretations and conjectures (but omitting those which alter the transmitted text unnecessarily). In the second part two new interpretations of vv. 5-8 are advanced, without modifying the text of manuscripts OGR. According to the first, the words cum desiderio meo … lubet iocari are understood as a substantive clause dependent on the verb credo, which also governs et solaciolum as a predicative. Alternatively, solaciolum may be taken as predicative of an understood object te (also dependent on credo) referring to passer in the first verse. In either case, ut cum (which occurs in Quintilian, but with the subjunctive and in a causal sense) with the transmitted future acquiescet can have temporal force, as recently argued by Paul Claes (see also Boeth. cons. 2, 2, 10: … ne uticum ludicri mei ratio poscet descendere iniuriam putes)56.

Keywords: Catullus; Passer; Textual criticism Philologus 157 (2013) 2 305 56

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Published Online: 2014-01-09

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Philologus, Volume 157, Issue 2, Pages 291–305, ISSN (Online) 2196-7008, ISSN (Print) 0031-7985, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil.2013.0022.

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