Episode 11 - Sapphic Scenes (Catullus 51)

Catullus 51

ILLE mi par esse deo uidetur,
ille, si fas est, superare diuos,
qui sedens aduersus identidem te
    spectat et audit

dulce ridentem, misero quod omnis    5
eripit sensus mihi: nam simul te,
Lesbia, aspexi, nihil est super mi
   ***          <?uocis in ore?>

lingua sed torpet, tenuis sub artus
flamma demanat, sonitu supote         10
tintinant aures, gemina teguntur
    lumina nocte.

otium, Catulle, tibi molestum est:
otio exsultas nimiumque gestis:
otium et reges prius et beatas            15
    perdidit urbes.

 

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Bibliography

Fordyce, C.J. (1961). Catullus. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Garrison, D.H. (2008). The Student’s Catullus (3rd ed.). Norman, USA: University of Oklahoma Press.

Godwin, J. (1999). Catullus: The Shorter Poems. Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips Ltd.

 

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