85haec quoque perfecto ludebat Iasone varro, Varro Leucadiae maxima flamma suae; haec quoque lascivi cantarunt scripta catulli, Lesbia quis ipsa notior est Helena; haec etiam docti confessast pagina calvi, 90cum caneret miserae funera Quintiliae. et modo formosa quam multa Lycoride gallus mortuus inferna vulnera lavit aqua!
Cynthia quin vivet versu laudata properti, hos inter si me ponere Fama volet.
- 93<viv>et Barber: et[iam] Ω
Such themes did varro also sport with, his tale of Jason ended, Varro, the brightest flame of his Leucadia; such themes the verse of wanton catullus also sang, which made Lesbia better known than Helen herself; such passion also the pages of learned calvus confessed, when he sang of the death of hapless Quintilia. And in these recent days how many wounds has gallus, dead for love of fair Lycoris, laved in the waters of the world below!
Yea, Cynthia glorified in the pages of propertius shall live, if Fame consent to rank me with bards like these. 98
- 98Although this discursive poem has sharp divisions after lines 24 and 58, the employment of a pseudonymous addressee (see note on 2.21.1) establishes Propertius’ conception of it as a unity: (1-24) Lynceus has tried to steal the poet’s girl; (25-58) Lynceus should abandon highbrow verse and turn to love poetry; (59-94) love poetry, not spurned even by Virgil, is able to confer immortality.