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ferrumque ignesque Iovemque. Cf. Liv. VIII. vii. 5. For the union of abstract and concrete (for the god does not here, as in 82, enter the battle in person) cf. Virg. Aen.III. 176, “tendoque supinas ad caelum cum voce manus”, Hor. C. I. xv. 11-2, “iam galeam Pallas et aegida currusque et rabiem parat”, where see Orelli, H. I. lxiii. 2, “ut venienti mox agmini universae civitates cum magistratibus et precibus occurrerent”. 95-6. quaeritur . . . honos, ‘they seek a greater honour than i.’ For the dative cf. 67 n. The arms are personified, and long to be owned by Ajax. So the standards recovered from the Parthians were glad to be among Roman troops again: Fasti V. 590, “agnorunt signa recepta suos”. For a grander expression of the same thought see Tennyson's Revenge, xiv.
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