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Subject:what do you think?
Time:01:15 pm
Hey all, I'm Claire, a Latin IV from Wisconsin. I've been to two Nationals and am seriously hyped for #3 in Indiana. (Upper level certamen, watch out! ^.^) Glad to have found this community, it looks excellent, and I look forward to getting to know y'all better.

Anyway, I just got back from my state JCL convention, and I'd like to hear other people's opinions on something... do you think it's accurate to call Vergil the author of Catalepton? This came up in certamen (in the form of 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".

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 have the mind of a certamen player, and I'm in nitpick mode. (: Looking for justification.

x-posted to apocolocyntosis, certamen
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phoenixsansfyr
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Time:2006-01-28 10:04 pm (UTC)
Vergil didn't make the claim to have written it. The Catalepton is one of those pieces that "Anonymous" (busy author that he was!) wrote, and many people attribute it to Vergil because it is Vergilian in style and period.

However, badly worded question that should probably be contested and tossed.
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