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deos. The reference is to the Palladium only. Cf. 82 n. This use of the plural by generalising the expression appears to lay stress on the connotation of the common noun, giving it almost the same effect as would be produced by the use of an abstract term. It was ‘the presence of deity’ of which Ulysses deprived Troy. Cf. Hor. C. IV. xii. 8 (of Procne's vengeance on Tereus) “barbaras regum est ulta libidines”, Eur. Herc. Fur. 455 (of Amphitryon, Megara, and the three sons of Hercules), “ὁμοῦ γέροντες καὶ νέοι καὶ μητέρες”.
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