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Grattius: Cynegeticon
(sometimes called the Cynegetica of Grattian)

The Text on LacusCurtius

The Latin text and its English translation by J. Wight Duff and Arnold M. Duff, as well as the Introduction, are those found in Volume I of the Loeb Classical Library's Minor Latin Poets, pp141‑205.

As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if success­ful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

This transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents below, the items are therefore shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the texts to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme. Should you spot an error, however . . . please do report it.


As mentioned, text and translation are those printed in Volume I of the Loeb Classical Library's Minor Latin Poets, first published in 1935. It is now in the public domain pursuant to the 1978 revision of the U. S. Copyright Code, since the copyright expired in 1963 and was not renewed at the appropriate time, which would have been that year or the year before. (Details here on the copyright law involved.)

Line Numbering, Local Links

In the Latin, each line is a local link; in the translation, each paragraph. The links follow a consistent scheme, for which you should see the sourcecode; you can therefore link directly to any passage. As elsewhere in the texts on my site, the little flags allow you to toggle back and forth between the languages: each language opens in its own window.


The Loeb edition provides a fairly detailed, but as far as I can tell not comprehensive, apparatus criticus to the Latin text; I've reproduced it.

[image ALT: A photograph of the head of a hyena. It is my icon for the Cynegeticon, by Grattius.]

The background of the icon with which I indicate this work is a darker version of the purple I use in the Roman Gazetteer section of the site as the background for Roman monuments of the Imperial period, to which our author belongs; the motif of the icon itself is a photograph I took in Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, not of a Dog as one might expect for a work chiefly given over to that species, but of a hyena. This is the original:

[image ALT: A photograph of the head of a rather worried-looking hyena.]

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