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certe . . . novi, ‘I know myself at least.’ Cf. Theocr. VI. 34-7, Virg. Ecl.II. 35-6.

imagine, ‘mirror,’ as in Virg. Ecl.II. 27.

844. Cf. 744 n., and for nescio quem, which is of course contemptuous, R. § 755. Here and in 857 Ovid is following Eur. Cycl.320: “Ζηνὸς δ᾽ ἐγὼ κεραυνὸν οὐ φρίσσω, ξένε οὐδ᾽ οἶδ᾽ τι Ζεύς ἐστ᾽ ἐμοῦ κρείσσων θεος.

torvos, of a serious and earnest look, as in Hor. C. III. v. 44 (of Regulus), “virilem torvus humi posuisse voltum”. So in XV. 586 of the countenance of Cipus resolved to go into exile rather than fulfil the prophecy that he would be king of Rome.

845. Cf. Theocr. XX. 21-3: “καὶ γὰρ ἐμοὶ τὸ πάροιθεν ἐπάνθεεν ἁδύ τι κάλλος ὡς κισσὸς ποτὶ πρέμνον, ἐμὰν δ᾽ ἐπύκαζεν ὑπήναν, χεῖται δ᾽ οἷα σέλινα περὶ κροτάφοισι κέχυντο.

846. In Theocr. XI. 50 the giant proposes to burn off his shaggy covering: “αἰ δέ τοι αὐτὸς ἐγὼν δοκέω λασιώτερος ἦμεν, ἐντὶ δρυὸς ξύλα μοι, καὶ ὑπὸ σποδῶ ἀκάματον πῦ<*>.

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