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pinus, not a staff of pine-wood (as we use ‘blackthorn,’ and as the Pelias hasta is called in XII. 122, fraxinus), but a whole tree. The wood is from Virgil, Aen.III. 659, “trunca manu pinus regit et vestigia firmat”, its size from Hom. Od.IX. 322, “ὅσσον θ᾽ ἱστὸν νηὸς ἐεικοσόροιο μελαίνης”, where it is of olive-wood. Ulysses cuts off a fathom of it for the attack upon the giant. For the same image used by Milton see Par. Lost, I. 292-4, and cf. ib. 927, ‘his sail-broad vans he spread for flight.’
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