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ter quater, ‘again and again,’ with adfligi. It was formerly attempted to bring the narrative into closer accord with Homer, who makes the giant eat six Greeks in all at three meals ( Od.IX. 289 Od., 311 Od., 344), by punctuating after ter and taking quater alone with adfligi. Apart from the harshness of this, Ovid evidently follows Virgil in speaking of only one meal ( Aen.III. 623), the adverbs having, as in XII. 133, the same sense as the more usual terque quaterque. Notice that the first adverb does not, as in 58, multiply the second.

207-8. A close imitation, except in the quae . . . iacens, of Homer, Od.IX. 292: “ἤσθιε δ᾽ ὥστε λέων ὀρεσίτροφος οὐδ᾽ ἀπέλειπεν, ἔγκατά τε σάρκας τε καὶ ὀστέα μυελόεντα.

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