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tactu virgineo, ‘from touch of a maiden,’ the adjective being equivalent to an objective genitive, Roby, § 1315. Cf. 211 n., Liv.iii. XIX. 11, “divinis humanisque obruti sceleribus”, Virg. Aen.II. 583, “nullum memorabile nomen feminea in poena est”, Milton, P.l. VI. 879, ‘Heaven soon repaired her mural breach.’ The juxtaposition of viriles and virgineo is effective, as in IV. 682, “nec audet appellare virum virgo”. This is a touch added by Ovid, as in Euripides the feeling is only of the indignity inflicted upon herself; “δούλη κεκλῆσθαι βασιλὶς οὖσ᾽ αἰσχύνομαι”.

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    • Vergil, Aeneid, 2.583
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