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audax, requiring courage in the doer. Cf. Ars. Amat. II. 22, “audacem pinnis repperit ille viam”.

ex praecipiti petendum, ‘full of peril in the quest,’ lit. ‘to be sought from the steep.’ After this verse follows in all MSS. si Troiae fatis aliquid restare putatis, which, from its form as a leonine hexameter (cf. 230, n. 461), and from its want of force or appropriateness, all recent editors follow Bentley in rejecting.

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