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Iunonem. The name is strongly emphasised by being postponed to Aeneia virtus. For the appeasement of Juno cf. Virg. Aen.XII. 791-841.

Iuli. Ovid, like Virgil, follows that form of the legend in which Iulus and Ascanius are identified as son of Aeneas by Creusa. Cf. 610 n.

tempestivus caelo, ‘ripe for heaven,’ Golding.

ambierat, ‘had canvassed,’ made entreaty to. Cf. xiii.289 n.

opto. Cf. xiii.708 n.

nostro, sc. meo.

quamvis . . . numen, ‘vouchsafe some godhead to bestow, although it be but small,’ Golding. Korn quotes I. 171 for the separation of the gods into nobiles and plebs:dextra laevaque deorum atria nobilium valvis celebrantur apertis. plebs habitat diversa locis; a fronte potentes caelicolae clarique suos posuere penates.” Cf. also Ibis, 81, Mart.viii. 1. 3, bonus accubuit genitor cum plebe deorum, et licuit Faunis poscere vina Iovem, Mayor on Juv.xiii. 46, Tusc. Disp. I. xiii. 29, maiorum gentium Di qui habentur.

590. [aliquod Bod., aliquid Can.7 m. pr. I prefer aliquid ‘something,’ not aliquod ‘some godship.’ R. E.].

inamabile regnum, as in IV. 477. Cf. Virg. G. IV. 479, palus inamabilis.

aspexisse. Cf. 126 n.

594. [est is ait] est celesti numine dignus, Can.7 This suggests ‘estaitest caelesti numine dignus: quaeque petis pro quoque petis’: ‘he is, verily he is worthy of deification: worthy art thou that askest, and he for whom thou askest alike.’ Yet as M has estis ait caelesti numine digni, and the plural agrees better with the two nominatives, Korn is perhaps right in following Heinsius. R. E.].

fatus erat, ‘he had said,’ ‘he ceased.’

iunctis columbis, the car drawn by a team of doves. Cf. xiii.253 n.

Numicius or Numicus, a small river of Latium, identified from its description as sluggish and overgrown with reeds, and from its situation between Laurentum and Ardea with the Rio Torto. It is mentioned chiefly in connection with Aeneas and Anna Perenna.

Aeneae, dat. with abluere.

obnoxia. ‘Obnoxious’ may be retained in this sense of ‘liable.’ See Trench, Select Glossary. For the purification cf. XIII. 950-5.

sub aequora. Korn refers to IliadI. 314 for the custom of throwing into the sea water used in purification.

corniger. Cf. xiii.894 n.

fuerat. Cf. 555 n.

divino odore. For the fragrance which heralded a god's presence cf. Fast. v. 376, Virg. Aen.I. 403, P.v. 115, Hipp. 1391, and for Milton's imitation, P.l. III. 135, ‘Thus while God spake ambrosial fragrance filled all Heaven,’ ib. V. 286 (of Raphael), ‘and shook his plumes, that heavenly fragrance filled the circuit wide.’

contigit os. For the touching of the lips in producing such effects cf. II. 122, pater ora sui sacro medicamine nati contigit, et rapidae fecit patientia flammae, and the kissing of the sick child Triptolemus by Ceres, Fast. iv. 540.

turba Quirini, sc. the people of Romulus, who after apotheosis was identified with Quirinus (cf. 828). The latter was properly either Mars or a Sabine counterpart of Mars.

Indigetem. Cf. Liv. I. ii. 6. Aeneas was either drowned in the Numicius or killed in the battle on its banks, and was subsequently worshipped there as Pater Indiges or Juppiter Indiges. Seeley (on Liv. l.c.) quotes from Dionysius I. 64 a version of the inscription at his chapel, “Πατρὸς Θεοῦ Χθονίου ῾Ὸς Ποταμοῦ Νομικίου ῥεῦμα διέπει”.

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