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Prōteus (dissyl. ), ĕi and ĕos, m., = Πρωτεύς,
I.a sea-god who often changed his form; he was in the service of Neptune, and kept his sea-calves, Ov. M. 8, 731; 2, 9; id. A. A. 1, 761; Hor. C. 1, 2, 7; Verg. G. 4, 388; Ov. F. 1, 367: “Protei columnae,” i. e. the boundary of Egypt, Verg. A. 11, 262.— Transf., of a fickle person: “Protea tenere,Hor. Ep. 1, 1, 90; “of a cunning person,id. S. 2, 3, 71; cf. Amm. 29, 1, 39.
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