By Boris Kayachev
The Ciris, a Latin mythological poem of contested date and authorship, has acquired a specific amount of scholarly realization throughout the 20th century, yet mainly has didn't meet with an sufficient appreciation. This research is geared toward vindicating the Ciris, more often than not by way of exploring its use of pre-Virgilianpoetic texts mostly overlooked in earlier scholarship."
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Cameron () . 2 We may begin with the very first passage of the Ciris, which, as has been noticed by many scholars,⁵ contains a manifest Catullan allusion (1‒11):⁶ etsi me, uario iactatum laudis amore irritaque expertum fallacis praemia uulgi, Cecropius suauis expirans hortulus auras florentis uiridi Sophiae complectitur umbra, mensque, ut quiret eo dignum sibi quaerere carmen, longe aliud studium inque alios accincta labores, altius ad magni suspexit sidera mundi et placitum paucis ausa est ascendere collem: non tamen absistam coeptum detexere munus, in quo iure meas utinam requiescere musas et leuiter blandum liceat deponere amorem.
The archetype of the Catullan collection is notoriously inconsistent in indicating divisions between poems, and in particular it did not divide and , see Butrica () . See e. 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).
See Edwards () n. . See Burkert (). 5 37 would be unwise to force this rather general similarity between Parmenides and the Ciris too far, but it is not irrelevant for a fuller understanding of the literary context that the motif of the intellectual journey implies in the Ciris. 926‒927 auia … loca nullius ante | trita solo). ⁵¹ In more specific terms, two individual poetic parallels have been pointed out: one in the Aetia prologue (fr. 27‒28 κελεύθους | ἀτρίπτους) and the other in the proem of Parmenides’ poem (fr.