By Boris Kayachev
The Ciris, a Latin mythological poem of contested date and authorship, has bought a certain quantity of scholarly consciousness through the 20th century, yet probably has did not meet with an sufficient appreciation. This research is geared toward vindicating the Ciris, generally by way of exploring its use of pre-Virgilianpoetic texts mostly missed in earlier scholarship."
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G. Hunter (a), Skinner () ‒, Höschele () ‒. King () ‒. Barchiesi () . See Pontani (). 2 23 kinson’s Μούσῃς is certainly tempting¹³). The metaphor of the Muses’ offspring (Musarum expromere fetus) may capture Callimachus’ stock-raising imagery (fr. 23‒24 τὸ μὲν θύος ὅττι πάχιστον | θρέψαι, τὴ]ν Μοῦσαν δ’ ὠγαθὲ λεπταλέην). Finally, the (conjectural) mention of nightingales by Callimachus (fr. 13‒14 qualia sub densis ramorum concinit umbris | Daulias, absumpti fata gemens Ityli).
The available points of contact are admittedly faint, but perhaps not entirely negligible. It has been argued¹¹ that the first word of Catullus 116 (1‒2 saepe tibi studioso animo uerba ante requirens | carmina uti possem mittere Battiadae: cf. 15‒16 quoted above), a poem that closes the elegiac sequence opened by Catullus 65, is a rendering of what is believed¹² to be the first word of the Aetia (fr. 1‒ 2 πολλάκ]ι μοι Τελχῖνες ἐπιτρύζουσιν ἀοιδῇ, | νήιδες οἳ Μούσης οὐκ ἐγένοντο φίλοι): πολλάκι may likewise be evoked by assiduo in Catullus 65.
G. Lyne () and Fowler () . 34 1 The proem (lines 1‒100) sed nihil dulcius est, bene quam munita tenere edita doctrina sapientum templa serena, despicere unde queas alios passimque uidere errare atque uiam palantis quaerere uitae, certare ingenio, contendere nobilitate, noctes atque dies niti praestante labore ad summas emergere opes rerumque potiri. o miseras hominum mentes, o pectora caeca! In turn, the Lucretian context has been linked with a fragment of Empedocles,⁴¹ which, as we shall see, may also be alluded to in the Ciris (fr.