Carmen 33 – Zo vader, zo zoon
For the prevalence of thefts in bathhouses, seemingly a perennial nuisance (despite
the slaves whose job it was to safeguard property, often themselves the pilferers),
see Ellis (1886, 88). The father steals; the son (now too old for the job, 7,
despite his "more voracious backside," culo ... uoraciore) puts out. The poem is a
splendid example of mean and elegantly phrased aggression (Wray 2001,.1 19ff.
has a refreshingly honest take on this). Catullus's urbanitas is here simply the urban
sophisticate's superior command of rhetorical invective.