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velaturque . . . avibus, ‘wins from the birds alike his raiment and his meat.’ The construction of velatur with avibus is rendered less harsh by the interposition of alitur. For the use as middle of the forms ordinarily passive see R. §§ 566-7, and cf., besides the use of vescor and utor, Virg. Aen.I. 215, “inplentur veteris Bacchi”, and XIV. 45 n. See also Keightley's Excursus on Virg. Ecl.III. 106, and cf. 50 n., 104 n. Cicero (de Fin. V. xi. § 32) gives Philoctetes as an instance of the persistence even under suffering of the love of life. petendo, ‘in assailing,’ ‘to shoot,’ an abl. of manner, Roby § 1385.
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