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Catullus- How many kisses?

You ask how many of your kisses are enough and more than enough for me, Lesbia. As great as the

quaeris quot tuae basationes sint satis superque mihi Lesbia quam magnus

number of Libyan sands which lie on the silphium-bearing Cyrene, between the oracle of sultry…

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7-8. another simile which cleverly leads us back to Catullus' main subject (kissing)

8. furtivos...amores ­ the transition from simile back to kissing; the stars see the love affairs of
peopeople. furtivos is emphatically placed to remind us of the illicit nature of Catullus and Clodia's
re relationship

9. basia...basiare…


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