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date: 27 November 2022

Cirislocked

Cirislocked

  • R. O. A. M. Lyne
  •  and Niklas Holzberg

Extract

A poem from the *Appendix Vergiliana. It is generally thought to be un-Virgilian; it contains many echoes of *Virgil and *Ovid. Its story is that of *Scylla (2), daughter of *Nisus (1), king of *Megara, who was metamorphosed into the ciris bird; the identity of this bird is not explained, but the name alludes (see l. 488) to Scylla's severing of Nisus’ magic lock (Greek keirein), an action which betrayed Megara to the attacking *Minos with whom Scylla had fallen in love. In style and narrative technique the poem is heavily neoteric, and besides many visible imitations of *Catullus 64, it probably extensively imitates C. *Helvius Cinna's Smyrna and other neoteric poems.

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  • Latin Literature

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