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1915 Excerpt: ... write a Culex, that it was extant for a time, and
that it was displaced by an inferior production by another hand
before the time of Lucan. If Virgil did write a Culex it was never
published, and was suppressed at his death, and scholars of
Claudian times may have believed that in the Culex of the Appendix,
a work suitable in date and subject, they had discovered the
suppressed poem. But he may never have written such a poem
(Plessis, Poesie Latine, p. 260; Ribbeck, Romische Dichtung, ii.
439), and the idea that he did so may have been suggested by the
existence of the Culex which we possess. Only, of course, this
hypothesis of the acceptance of a non-Virgilian Culex in Claudian
times involves the difficulty (it is not necessarily insuperable)
of believing that modern scholars can detect a non-Virgilian poem
better than Lucan, Martial, or even so enthusiastic a Virgilian as
Statius. The last, it is true, was aware of its inferiority of
style. The Sea-mew (Ciris, 541 hexameters) describes how Scylla,
daughter of Nisus, King of Megara, enamoured of Minos, who is
besieging her native city, cuts from her father's head the purple
lock on which his and his city's safety depends; how Nisus, so far
from feeling gratitude for the treachery by which he has profited,
drags Scylla over the sea bound to the stern of his ship, until the
gods take pity upon her and she is changed into a sea-mew, while
her father is changed into an osprey. It has been shown by Skutsch
that the Ciris was probably by Gallus, to whose treatment of the
subject Virgil alludes in E. vi. 74. Accordingly it is earlier in
date than this eclogue, earlier, that is, than 41 or 40 B.C. The
Lydia and the Dirae are both connected with the ejectment of
Italian farmers (41 B.C.), to make room for the vete...
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