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John Conington, Commentary on Vergil's Aeneid, Volume 2, P. VERGILI MARONIS, line 102 (search)
Honorem ferebat i. q. sacra ferebat: comp. vv. 61. 76 &c. Sollemnem honorem: comp. 2. 202. The circumstances are evidently borrowed from Od. 3. 4 foll., where Telemachus landing at Pylos finds Nestor with his son Peisistratus and his people sacrificing to Poseidon on the shore. Peisistratus rises first to greet the strangers, as Pallas flies to meet them here. It is worth while comparing the Homeric detail, groups of nine sacrificing nine bulls each, tasting the entrails, and burning the thighs, with Virg.'s more general language.