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auctore, sc. Iovis monitu, just as testibus is equivalent to testium dictis. For this use of the instrumental ablative see Madv. § 254, obs. 3, and the instances in Roby, § 1220. Notice that the meaning is not ‘by the fact that he had an instigator,’ but ‘by the greatness of his instigator,’ as will be seen from two other passages in which Ovid uses the word in the same construction, II. 281 (where Tellus prays to Jupiter that she may be delivered from the fires of Phaëthon), “liceat periturae viribus ignis igne perire tuo, clademque auctore levare”, and Her. xvi. 49 (where Helen excuses the fault of Leda by the greatness of Jove its author), “illa bene erravit, vitiumque auctore redemit”. Cf. the similar force of aemulus in 17. suam vocem, ‘his counsel,’ with emphasis, as contrasted with the want of excuse for the conduct of Ajax.
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