Vol. 51 (2015)
Articles

Quis est nam ludus in undis? (Virgil, Eclogue IX 39-43)

Published July 8, 2020
Neil Adkin
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Adkin, N. . (2020). Quis est nam ludus in undis? (Virgil, Eclogue IX 39-43). Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis, 51, 43–58. Retrieved from https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/classica/article/view/7839

The undis-acrostic that has recently been discovered in Eclogue IX 34-38 has proved problematic. The present article argues that the acrostic’s point is the etymology of litus as the place where these “waves” do not “play” (39: ludus), but “strike” (43: feriant for synonymous but exceedingly scarce lidant). This acrostic is accordingly hot-potato politics, since it pertains to the land confiscations round Virgil’s “wave”-begirt Mantua. The poet also provides endorsement in the form of an unidentified onomastic.