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futurorum certi, ‘certifide of things to come’ Golding. For this use (‘informed of what would be,’ not ‘confident of their destiny’) cf. VI. 268, “tam subitae matrem certam fecere ruinae”, XI. 415, “consilii tamen ante sui . . . certam te facit”. So perhaps may be explained the difficult passage Virg. Aen.IV. 110, fatis incerta, ‘uninformed by prophecy,’ the emphasis on fatis being accounted for by the opposition to the other way of ascertaining the will of Jupiter, by inquiry to be made of him by Juno.

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