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excidit ut peterem, ‘I forgot to ask,’ a consecutive subjunctive, Roby, § 1700, R. § 712 (b). For the incident compare the similar narrative of Tithonus, for whom Aurora begs the gift of immortality ( Hymn. Ven. 224):— “νηπίη οὐδ᾽ ἐνόησε μετὰ φρεσὶ πότνια Ἠὼς ἥβην αἰτῆσαι, ξῦσαι τ᾽ ἀπὸ γῆρας ὀλοιόν.

iuvenes annos, ‘young years,’ as in VII. 295. Iuvenes, being emphasised by position, has predicative force, ‘that my years should be years of youth.’ Cf. IX. 421.

protinus with peterem, ‘ask forthwith,’ ‘go on to ask.’

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