An Invitation to Dinner

Catullus Carmina 13

You will dine well, my Fabullus, at my house within a few days if the gods are favorable to you, if you bring with you a good and large dinner, not forgetting (lit., not without) a pretty girl and wine and wit and all manner of laughter. If, I say, you bring these things, my charming [friend], you will dine well, for the purse of your Catullus is full of cobwebs. But in return you will receive pure affection or if there is anything more pleasant or graceful; for I will give [you] an unguent that the Loves and Cupids have given to my girl. When you smell this (lit., which when you will smell), you will ask the gods to make you, Fabullus, all nose.

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