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Page 119. Note on v. 10. The tutulus (Varro, L. L. vii. § 44,) rather
than the acus appears to be meant. - 123. Recinium (or ricinium) is understood by Becker (Gallus,
p. 438) as a kind of veil. Perhaps it was a cloth thrown over the head and neck, such as is still used by Spanish
women of the middle class. 243. For Geryone (in the text) read Geryonis. 255. Note on v. 24. For ·Tyrrhenian trumpet' read 'sacrificial
tibia.' 265. Note on v. 125. For Assizzi read Assisi. 273. The note on v. 7 is cancelled. See Varronianus, p. 420.
BOOK THE FIRST.
In most of the MSS. this book is inscribed • Cynthia, Monobiblos ;' and under this title the poet himself probably alludes to it, iii. 15, 2: 'Et tua sit toto Cynthia lecta foro. It was both written and published A. U. c. 728, probably at the early age of twenty years. Hence Martial, xiv. 189; Cynthia, facundi carmen juvenile Properti.' Of all the extant works of this author the first book is the most elaborately finished, and though in some places difficult, it has come down to us in a more perfect condition than the rest. The agnomen Nauta which is commonly given to the poet in the MSS. is thought to have originated from the false reading Navita for non ita in iii. 16. 22.
MYNTHIA prima suis miserum me cepit ocellis,
u Contactum nullis ante cupidinibus. Tum mihi constantis dejecit lumina fastus,
i Cynthia. That this name is the editors before Hertzberg seem to feigned by the poet, as Delia was | have formed, the true interpretation by Tibullus, and Lesbia by Catullus of very many passages depends. (Ovid, Trist. ii. 428. Femina, cui How, on any other supposition, could falsum Lesbia nomen erat,') is evi the poet with common propriety indent. Her real name is said to have troduce (ii. 6.) the parallel between been Hostia (Schol. ad Juven. Sat. vi. Cynthia and the most notorious cour7. Apuleius, Apolog. p. 279, quoted tesans of antiquity, Lais, Thais, and by Hertzberg). Of her birth and | Phryne ? And this circumstance was family nothing is known beyond the probably the real obstacle to their few hints to be collected here and lawful union. See note on ii. 7, 1. there from the elegies, all which have Cynthia seems to have been by some been diligently examined by Hertz years older than Propertius, iii. 9, 20, berg, Quæstiones Propertianæ, p. 31 unless we should rather understand --46. It is probable that she was a anus futura haud longa die of the more libertina (compare the details of her transient nature of female beauty, humble funeral, v. 7, 25, &c.), and especially under a southern climate. sufficiently certain that she was a The passage in iii. 24, 6, would be meretrix, though not one of low de conclusive, were the reading anum gree (prostibulum), but highly ac certain. complished, and even talented as a 2. Cupidinibus. The sense of this poetess (i. 2, 27.) A particular de- is determined by a circumstance in his scription of her personal charms is early life recorded iv. 14, 5. Cynthia given ii. 2, 5. She was, however, as was his first love,' i.e. the first who may be supposed, faithless and pro had ever really possessed his affecfligate; and the poet's jealous temper tions. continually finds in this a subject of 3 Lumina fastus. It is natural to complaint. See, for instance, ii. 5 translate this eyes of pride,' withand 6, and iii. 7. On a correct esti- | out remembering that the Latin idiom mate of her character, which none of would rather require fastus luminum.