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dederam. The tense has reference to a standard of time not expressed. So it is used in the same verb in Virg. Aen.XI. 45-6, “non haec Euandro de te promissa parenti discedens dederam, cum me conplexus euntem mitteret in magnum imperium”.

fata, ‘death,’ of which the word is used by Ovid more definitely than by earlier writers, and without the association with a natural death which appears in Virg. Aen.IV. 696.Cf. V. 642, “satis illi ad fata vel unum vulnus erat”, VII. 346, “quid vos in fata parentis armat?” VIII. 412, “quod [iaculum] casus ab illo vertit in immeriti fatum latrantis”, Ibis 289-90, “vel tua maturet, sicut Minoia fata, per caput infusae fervidus umor aquae”. So of the destruction of a city, 54.

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