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1 Meaning the first king of that name. He was son of Mithridates IV., king of Pontus.
2 Appian says that there "was a gold statue of this Mithridates, exhibited in the triumph of Pompey, eight cubits in height," Plutarch speaks of another statue of the same king, exhibited by Lucullus, six feet in height.
3 "Compedes." See Chapter 12 of this Book.
4 The translation of this passage is somewhat doubtful. We will, therefore, subjoin that of Holland, who adopts the other version. "As we may see by our proud and sumptuous dames, that are but commoners and artizans' wives, who are forced to make themselves carquans and such ornaments for their shoes, of silver, because the rigour of the statute provided in that case will not permit them to weare the same of gold."
5 A rhetorician who taught at Rome in the reign of Augustus. The poet Ovid was one of his pupils. His rival in teaching declamation was Porcius Latro.
6 Of an improper intimacy with his pupils.
7 Rings of silver being passed through the prepuce. This practice is described by Celsus, B. vii. c. 25.
8 "Videret hinc dona fortium fieri, aut in hæc frangi."
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