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Curius (FLP 201.1; Ascon. In Toga Candida St. 72)
Curius hic notissimus fuit aleator damnatusque postea est. In hunc est hendecasyllabus Calvi elegans:
et talis Curius pereruditus.
This Curius was a very notorious gambler and afterwards he was condemned. Against him there is Calvus' choice line of hendecasyllabics:
and Curius, such a remarkably learned man.
Country Life (FLP 202.2; Gell. 9.12.10)
C. Calvus in poematis laboriosus dicit non, ut vulgo dicitur, qui laborat, sed in quo laboratur.
durum rus fugit et laboriosum.
In a poem Gaius Calvus means "toilsome," not, as it is commonly meant, as he who toils, but [as something] in which there is toil.
The country shuns what is harsh and toilsome.
Tigellus (FLP 202.3; Porphyrio ad Hor. Serm. 1.3.1)
de eodem Hermogene loquens Sardum dixit:
Sardi Tigelli putidum caput venit.
When speaking about this same Hermogenes he said Sardinian.
The foul person of Tigellius the Sardinian is for sale.
A Bride (FLP 203.4; Charis. 186B=147K)
"ungui" Licinius Calvus in poemate:
nympha quod secet ungui.
Licinius Calvus [wrote] "with a nail" in a poem:
Which the fickle bride
might cut with a white nail.
Venus the God (FLP 204.7; Serv. Aen. 2.632)
Utrisque sexus participationem habere numina; nam ait Calvus:
pollentemque deum Venerem.
The gods have a part of each sex; for Calvus says:
and the powerful god Venus.
Pedicator Caesaris (FLP 210.17; Suet. Iul. 49.1)
[Ommito Calvi Licini notissimos versus:]
et pedicator Caesaris umquam habuit.
[I omit the very well-known verses of Calvus Licinius:]
and the sodomite of Caesar ever possessed
An Epigram on Pompey (FLP 210.18; Schol. Juv. 9.133)
Magnus, quem metuunt omnes, digito caput uno
scalpit; quid credas hunc sibi velle? virum.
Magnus, whom everyone fears, scratches his head
with one finger; what do you think that this man wants for himself? A man.
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