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[744] Montosae: the commoner prose form seems to be “montuosus.” Nersae is otherwise unknown.

[745] “Non felicia tela” 11. 196.

[746] With the description of the nation comp. 9. 605 foll.

[747] Venatu may be either dat. or abl. ‘Aequicula’ with ‘gens.’ The people were called Aequiculi or Aequi, though in later times the former name was restricted to the inhabitants of the Apennine valleys.

[748] Armati seems to express at once the character of the nation and the quality of the soil. Comp. 9. 609, “Omne aevum ferro teritur, versaque iuvencum Terga fatigamus hasta.” ‘Semperrapto’ occurs again 9. 612, with the change of ‘convectare’ into “comportare.

[750-760] ‘Umbro, a noted serpentcharmer, leads the Marsians.’

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