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vocalem sua quercu, ‘vocal with its native oaks.’ For the collective use of quercus cf. 691 n. Oracles were given at Dodona by the whispering leaves of oak-trees, the “προσήγοροι δρύες” of P. v. 832. Another version of the story represented the oracles as delivered from the trees by the cry of two doves, which by a third version are rationalised as two women, Herod.ii. 54-7. In Virgil Aeneas does not visit Dodona, but Dionysius (i. 5) makes him leave his ships at Buthrotum and go to Dodona from there.
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