I. Calpurnius and Nemesianus
The seven eclogues of Calpurnius and the four of Nemesianus are preserved in the same
manuscripts, which is how it comes to pass that they are always published together by
scholars, even though they differ in terms of refinement and charm. Add to this the fact
that many who use inferior manuscripts that attribute the eleven eclogues to Calpurnius
alone say that Nemesianus did not write any eclogues at all. From the time of [Taddeo]
Ugoleto there has been no shortage of those who divide the poems between Calpurnius and
Nemesianus, assigning the last four to the latter; until recently they thought that
Calpurnius had sent his poems to Nemesianus. But
De Carminibus bucolicis Calpurnii et Nemesiani
Berlin, 1854, p.
1–27) demonstrated with ample and reliable evidence that those
eleven eclogues belong neither to one poet nor to the same period, but rather that the
first seven should be assigned to Calpurnius and the rest to Nemesianus. He also
demonstrated that Calpurnius lived under the reign of Nero, while Nemesianus lived in
the time of Carus and his sons. Haupt’s opinion, which
Beitr. zur Kritik und Erklaerung lat.
Book 3, Aurich
1883, p. 151) and
Garnett (On the date of Calp. Sic.,
Journ. of philol.
Postgate, The comet of Calpurnius Siculus, Class. Rev.
) have recently argued against in
vain, now deservedly has the greatest authority among scholars. Nevertheless, both
because of the similarity in subject matter and the fact that the condition of the text
is the same in both poets’ eclogues, I prefer to place Calpurnius side-by-side with