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Catullus, 52

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quid est, Catulle? quid moraris emori?
sella in curuli Struma Nonius sedet,
per consulatum peierat Vatinius:
quid est, Catulle? quid moraris emori?

What is it, Catullus? Why are you putting off dying? Nonius Struma is sitting in the curule chair, Vatinius is perjuring himself by the consulship. What is it, Catullus? Why are you putting off dying?

There’s word-play in moraris emori, and the name Stroma also means ‘tumour’.

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January 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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