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A Catullan/Apollonian “Window Reference” at Vergil Eclogue 4.31–36

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Vergil's unusual phrase temptare Thetin (Ecl. 4.32) has long been recognized as an allusion to Catullus' equally striking imbuit Amphitriten (64.11). This note shows that Vergil's allusion is more complex, however, evoking the descriptions of the Argo's construction in both Catullus (64.8–11) and Apollonius (Argon. 1.111–14), and in particular the phrase επειρησαντο αλασσης that occurs in the latter. Vergil employs Catullus as a “window reference” that colors Apollonius' Argo with darker notions of the sea's violation that become dominant in the Roman tradition.
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Publication date: January 1, 2016

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