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THE ACROSTIC ARGUMENT. [Supposed to have been written by Priscian the Grammarian.]

JUPITER, being captivated by love (Amore) for Alcmena, has changed (Mutavit) himself into the form of her husband, while Amphitryon is fighting for (Pro) his country with the foe; in the form (Habitu) of Sosia, Mercury acts as his servant. He (Is) imposes upon the master and the servant, on their arrival. Amphitryon commences a quarrel (Turbas) with his wife; and Jupiter and Amphitryon seize (Raptant) one another as adulterers. Blepharo, chosen as umpire, is not able to determine which of the two (Uter1) is Amphitryon. At last they understand all (Omnem) the matter; and she brings forth twins.

1 This Acrostic is adapted to the word Amphitruo, the old Latin form of the name.

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