Category Archives: Curculio

Is Plural Salamis Correct? Horace, C. 1.7.21

I have now posted a note or short paper every day of August, two on the 7th, for a total of thirty-two. I will be doing fewer, but longer, ones in September. This last contains a conjecture on one of … Continue reading

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How Many Hetaerae? Pindaric Arithmetic in the Skolion to Xenophon of Corinth

Here is the third and last of the Pindarica that have been lying half-finished in my files for many years. The PDF is here.

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Whose Eyes? Pindar, Ol. 3.12

Here’s another Pindaricum: there will be one more tomorrow on his most twisted poem, and the I will be all Pindared out for the foreseeable future. The PDF is here.

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Another Tiny Subtlety in Horace, I. 1.1

Here’s a note on the first three words of Horace’s Iambi (Epodes), or rather on two of the three. The PDF is here.

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To Form a More Perfect Ring-Composition: Horace, I. 16.9

Even with eight hours on the road, and the first day of school tomorrow, I still managed to put together a note on one of Horace’s Iambi or (if you like) Epodes. Then again, three of those hours of driving … Continue reading

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Non Omnia Possumus Omnes: Martial 2.86.8

Tonight’s note is half-textual, half-exegetical, on Martial. The PDF is here.

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Time to Change Seats? Horace C. 3.3.34

Here’s a tiny note on a minor point in the text of Horace’s Roman Odes. (I’m away from home where most of my books are, which is complicating my August web-publish-a-textual-or-exegetical-note-every-day plan.) The PDF is here.

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Seek and Ye Shall Find: Martial 4.59.6

Here’s a conjecture on Martial that has been in my on-line text for ten years. It’s about time I gave the argument for it. There is a sordid confession in footnote 2. The PDF is here.

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It’s Always in the Last Place You Look: Martial 7.17.2

I don’t have much time to write tonight – syllabuses and first-week homework assignments are due right about now – but I don’t want to miss a day, so it’s back to Martial for another tiny bit of Orthographica. The … Continue reading

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Someone is Missing the Pointing Here: Pliny, Ep. 1.11.1

Back to Pliny, with a tiny bit of Orthographica. The PDF is here.

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Is a Half-Letter Conjecture Possible? Martial 3.46.4

Back to Martial, with an interesting theoretical question, stated in the title. The PDF is here.

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Interpretatio Foedior Potior: Lucilius 543 Marx

Here is my first paper on Lucilius – the Roman satirist, not the double-elled Greek epigrammatist or the poetical friend of the Younger Seneca. No translation of the Latin is provided, since it’s rather obscene, especially after I’m done with … Continue reading

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Foiled Again: Pindar O. 11.1-6

Here’s a paper on a Greek topic, for a change, my first Pindaricum. The PDF is here.

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What Kind of Rope Makes the Best Gift? Martial 4.70.1

Turning back to Martial, here is a textual-exegetical note on one of Martial’s best epigrams. The PDF is here.

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Two of These Words Need More Os: Juvenal 9.109

Turning back to Juvenal 9, here are two conjectures on a single line, one more plausible than the other. The PDF is here.

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Is This Conjecture Too Bold or Not Bold Enough? Juvenal 8.165

Turning to the other satire in Book III of Juvenal, here’s a note on Juvenal 8, yet another novelty for the 2nd edition of my web-text of Juvenal. The PDF is here.

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Not Often, but I’m Hedging My Bets Here: Juvenal 9.74

Still working on Book III of Juvenal, today’s paper is a conjecture on Juvenal 9, attempting to improve on one of Housman’s. This will be another novelty in the 2nd edition of my web-text of Juvenal. The PDF is here.

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Squeezing Two Lemons: Juvenal 7.41 and 7.43

Today’s paper is again on Juvenal 7, with two notes on tiny details of exegesis. The PDF is here.

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Sex and Money: Juvenal 7.123

Today’s paper is again on Juvenal 7, but a new idea, not yet in my web-edition of Juvenal (here). If anyone can refute it, it never will be. The PDF is here.

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Put Your Relatives in their Place: Juvenal 7.27-29

Today’s paper explains a transposition I first published in 2005 in my web-edition of Juvenal (here). The PDF is here.

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