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The epigram is reminiscent of Callimachus Epig. 25 Pf.
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1. mulier mea : commentators compare Plaut. Bacch. 842 'meamne hic … ut retineat mulierem?', Hor. Epod. 12. 23 'magis quem / diligeret mulier sua quam te': but mulier here is suggested by the general mulier of l. 3.
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nulli : the substantival use is rare in the republican period: in Livy and later prose nulli supplants nemini.
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2. non si = ne tum quidem si, 'not even if': so again in 48. 5, 69. 3, 88. 8; cf. Lucr. vi. 1075 'dirimi qui non queat unquam, / non si Neptuni fluctu renouare operam des', Virg. Georg. ii. 42 'non ego cuncta meis amplecti uersibus opto, / non mihi si linguae centum sint', Aen. v. 17, Hor. Od. ii. 14. 5, Prop. ii. 30. 2–4. The usage seems to be rare in prose: examples are Livy vii. 10. 2 (in a speech) 'iniussu tuo numquam pugnauerim, non si certam uictoriam uideam', Tac. Ann. xiii. 57 'neque exstingui poterant non si imbres caderent'. For nec si in this sense, which is rare in the Ciceronian period but becomes normal in Silver Latin, see on 66. 73.
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Iuppiter ipse : for the proverbial expression cf. Ov. Met. vii. 801 'nec Iouis illa meo thalamos praeferret amori', Her. 4. 36 'Hippolytum uideor praepositura Ioui'. Similarly Plaut. Cas. 323 'negaui ipsi me concessurum Ioui, / si is mecum oraret'.*
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70. 3. cupido … amanti: cf. Ov. Her. 3. 26 'i nunc et cupidi nomen amantis habe', 19. 16, Met. iv. 179, Prop. ii. 33. 5.
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4. uento et rapida … aqua : wind and water appear often enough in reference to idle words; the usual type of expression is represented by Prop. ii. 28. 8 'quicquid iurarunt uentus et unda rapit', Ov. Am. ii. 16. 45 'uerba puellarum / … irrita qua uisum est uentus et unda ferunt'. Writing in water (or wind) does not appear elsewhere in Latin, but Greek uses εἰς ὕδωρ γράφειν‎ (Soph. fr. 741 N.2 ὅρκον δ‎ʼ ἐγὼ γυναικὸς εἰς ὕδωρ γράφω‎, Plato, Phaedr. 276 c).
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