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quod, ‘seeing that,’ ‘whereas,’ Roby, § 1745, R. § 741. Notice that ‘because,’ is inadmissible here, and that the term causal is too limited to express in all cases the relation of the clause introduced by quod. But possimne . . . esse may be read parenthetically, when quod . . . respicio will be, like quod . . . venit, constructed with ille dedit.

sidera solis. For the plural cf. G. I. 204, Arcturi sidera, where it need not be understood of the whole constellation Bootes. Sidus is not uncommonly used of the sun, as in IX. 286, cum . . . decimum premeretur sidere signum (i.e. in the tenth month). See other passages in Lewis and Short, and cf. I. 778, positosque sub ignibus Indos sideris, IV. 169, siderea qui temperat omnia luce cepit amor solem.

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