Claire Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (rasphigi) wrote in certamen,
Claire Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim

hey all

Salvete, appellata sum Claire. Discipula in quarto anno Latinae sum et habito Wisconsine ... how's that for off the top of my head *rolls eyes* I've participated in Nationals Certamen for the past two years, looking forward to rocking the upper-level competition in Indiana this summer XD My favorite type of question.... anything about Tacitus (I get really excited about Tacitus), or anyone with a funny name (Lucius Menucius. Mettius Fufettius. Silius Italicus. Even Titus Tatius can make me giggle), or "Age Sequentem". ^_^

I have an issue for the certamen community's consideration (ooooh, alliteration ^.^), something that came up in certamen at our state convention this week: do you think it's accurate to call Vergil the author of Catalepton? It was in the form Q. Who wrote Catalepton? A. Vergil and... I didn't register a protest but I think I should have. The work is traditionally attributed to him, but my sources (Oxford Concise Companion to Classical Lit and Conte's Latin Literature: A History) say it's of extremely dubious authenticity; Oxford says of the fourteen epigrams in Catalepton "perhaps a few are authentic", i.e. actually written by Vergil.

Badly worded question, do you think? I'm sure it was "who was the author" and not "who was it attributed to" because I had been reading about how Vergil probably did not actually write it, and couldn't say who had.

Or am I overthinking it? We don't know who actually wrote it if Vergil didn't. And it's often attributed to him. It's at least "Vergilian".

I'm in nitpick mode, and looking for justification. (:

(question x-posted to apocolocyntosis, njcl02)

Anyway... good to be here, I look forward to getting to know y'all better. ^.^ Avete!
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