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[51] Et Venus è tota. To understand this rightly, we must look back to the story of Venus and Mars. They were caught together in a net by Vulcan, Venus husband, who had been informed of their intereaurse by Phoebus. Venus, incensed at the injurious disclosure, kindled among the whole race of Apollo a fire of love, which raged so fiercely, that not a woman descended from him was able to keep her chastity. Thus Seneca, in his Hippolytus, says, “Stirpem perosa Solis invisi genus,
Per nos catenas vindicat Martis sui,
Suasque; probris omne Phoebeum genus
Oneral nefandis. Nulla Minois levi
Defuncta amore est.

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