At tibi Colchorum. The epistle begins abruptly, and with an air of astonishment. To be deserted by Jason, who had so often vowed an eternal fidelity, and whom she had bound to her by such importan services, was what of all things she least apprehended, and could not reflect upon without wonder. Many of Ovid's Epistles begin thus: and it is a particular beauty in them, though some injudicious crities have pretended to supply these seeming defects.Colchorum. The Colchi were a people of Scythia, inhabiting the eastern side of the Euxine Sea. She calls herself the queen of this country, as being the daughter of Aeetes the king. Vacavi; Operam praestiti, inservivi; I willingly undertook, I found leisure to help you.
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