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nonus . . . sortis, ‘ninth in loyalty and preferred by favour of the lot.’ As Siebelis suggests, nonus must mean ‘one of nine,’ as opposed to solum. So “sexta cervice” means ‘on six necks’ in Juv.i. 64, where see Mayor; compare the use of “septima pars”Juv., VI. 192, of “quotus” in IX. 69, and of “centena arbore” for centum remis in Virg. Aen.X. 207.Milton has a similar use, P.l. VIII. 128. Ajax with his namesake stood up third, Ulysses himself being the last to respond to the speech of Nestor , Il.VII. 162-8. Officium is ‘the sense of duty,’ as in Trist. III. iv. 65, “sed timor officium cautus compescit”, B.G. I. xl. 14, “ut quam primum posset intellegere, utrum apud eos pudor atque officium an timor valeret”.
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