In a gentle nod to Homer, Catullus caps the description of Sleep fleeing Attis with a nice touch. Sleep returns to his wife, the Grace Pasithea, mentioned by name in the original Latin though the name is often omitted in translation. In Book 14 of The Iliad, Homer notes that Sleep won Pasithea as his wife when Hera bribed him to keep Zeus unconscious after she had seduced him in the Dios Apate (see Chapter 4.III.C). Catullus has craftily counterposed the sexuality inherent in Homer's scene with Attis' castration here.

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