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giganteo lacerto, ‘with his giant's arm,’ an ornamental epithet for which cf. xiii.533 n.saxa, the single rock (cf. xiii.108 n.) of the second throw, Od.IX. 537-41.185. Just as fluctus is the wave raised by the rock ( Hom. Od.IX. 484), so ventus is the current of air set in motion by it, an exaggeration not greater than that of comparing the hurtling of Aeneas' spear to the ‘stammering cracks and claps’ of the thunderbolt. So Conington takes immani turbine in Virg. Aen.VI. 594, on which see Henry, Aeneidea, vol. III. p. 351. Cf. Milt. P.l. VI. 309.
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