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[149] Nec sequar out, &c. In ancient times, before the invention of the compass, mariners were obliged to guide their course by an observation of the stars. Ovid here enumerates some of those which were chiefly useful in navigation, and makes Leader say that he would not be directed by observing them, because his mistress should be the sole guide in his adventures.

Helicen. Helice is the same with the Ursa maior, or Great Bear near the north pole. Callisto, the daughter of Lycanon, king of Arcadia, was, according to ancient fable, changed into this star. The story runs, that this nymph (who was one of Diana's train) suffering herself to be seduced by Jupiter, and having a son by him, Juno, whose jealousy soon led her to discover it, changed them both into bears. Jupiter, as a recompence for their suffering, translated them both into heaven, and there converted them into stars, by the names of the major and Minor Bears.

Arcton. Arctos is the Smaller Bear, observed chiefly by the Phoenician mariners, by whom it was called Cynosara.

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