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manus ultima, ‘the last hand,’ ‘the finishing touch,’ Cf. Virg. Aen.VII. 572, “extremam...bello imponit...manum”.

404-17. There has evidently been considerable interpolation here. Korn follows Bentley and Merkel respectively in rejecting 404-7 and 409-17. The death of Priam and the carrying away of the Trojan women are related twice, and the mention here of Hecuba's metamorphosis anticipates the conclusion of the whole story. Korn also remarks on the obscurities of expression, as in post omnia and tendebat, and on the want of connection between 407, 408, and 409, and between 414 and 415. The details also, which may have been derived from Virg. Aen.II. 403-6 and 515-7, and from Seneca, Troad. 1081, are foreign to the purpose of the narrative.

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