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summus crater, ‘the rim of the bowl.’

asper, ‘wrought,’ of raised work, as opposed to what was levis. Cf. XII. 235, “signis extantibus asper antiquus crater”.

acantho, ‘and on the brim a traile of flowres of bearbrich gilded was,’ Golding. The acanthus mollis, as grown in Roman gardens ( Hor. Epp.V. vi. 16) and in our own (it is figured by Smee, My Garden, p. 233), is supposed to be a variety derived by cultivation from the original prickly acanthus spinosus. The names brank-ursine, bear's-breech, and bear's foot are translations from the Italian and German, and have reference to a resemblance between the leaf and the outspread foot of a bear. An accidental combination of acanthus leaves is said to have suggested to Callimachus the bell of the Corinthian capital, and they were much used as here and in embroidery (cf. Virg. Ecl.III. 45, Virg. Aen.I. 649). The acanthus (fem.) mentioned in Georg. ii. 119 is a tree identified with the acacia.

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    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 12.235
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