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quae, sc. Ambracia, for the clause versique . . . iudicis does not interrupt the construction, a usage with which we may compare Hor. Sat.II. vi. 65, “ipse meique ante Larem proprium vescor”. Cf. 632 n. We have a somewhat similar idiom in Milton P. l. II. 917, ‘into this wild abyss the wary Fiend stood on the brink of Hell and look'd awhile,’ which Bentley strangely corrects into ‘look'd from the brink of Hell and stood awhile.’

Actiaco . . . nota, ‘famed for Actian Apollo,’ i.e. for the temple of Apollo at Actium. Cf. Virg. Aen.III. 275, “formidatus nautis aperitur Apollo”, of the same temple first sighted by the Trojans. In XV. 716 Ovid fancifully develops this usage by substituting for Caieta (cf. 157 n.) in a list of names of places the description quam tumulavit alumnus. After the battle of Actium Octavianus enlarged the ancient temple, and reestablished with greater splendour the games attached to it. Virgil makes the Trojans visit the temple, and themselves celebrate games on the shore, Aen.iii. l.c. This temple on the strait could hardly be said to have conferred fame on Ambracia inside the gulf and on the opposite coast. The remaining inhabitants of the town were also removed by Octavianus to Nicopolis, which he founded in honour of the victory. For ab cf. 105 n.

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