n earlier name for
Hom. Od. 11.321ff.)
very probably thought of the island of Dia that lies very
near the north coast of Crete, whence the tradition may have been
transferred to Naxos, the favorite haunt of Dionysus, as
the later story of Ariadne's rescue by Dionysus gainedle, the first, because of her
isolation from home, the other two, because also of her past
Idaeos montes: i.e.
thought being simply of returning home.
sperem: sc. even if I
could reach Crete.
quemne: = Crete.
quemne: = quippe quem; cf. v. 183; Catul. 68.91. The interrogative
particle -ne is not
infrequently joined to relatives to point the reason for
controverting a previous assertion, or for answering in the
negative a previous question; cf.
Pl. Trin. 360
quin comedit quod fuit, quod non
theme into an
apostrophe to his dead brother.
vita amabilior: cf.
Daulias: so the
transformed Philomela (Ov. Met.
6.424 ff.) was called, according to Thuc. 2.29, from Daulis, the town of
Phocis, where Tereus lived; Homer, however (Hom. Od. 19.518 ff.),
represents Itylus as the only son of Zethus, king of
Aedon, daughter of Pandareus, king of Crete, and slain
unwittingly by his own mother, who was jealous of the
motherhood of Niobe, and supposed herself to be killinig
Niobe's eldest son.
sed tamen: after the
long parenthesis the poet returns to his theme, sed, as often, being resumptive.
haec: probably Catul. 66.1ff. is referred to.
Ter. Ad. 11
verbum de verbo expressum