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sine sanguine, bloodless and so ‘forceless,’ rather than merely pale, which Achaemenides could not observe in himself. For this meaning, which is more generally recognised in the metaphorical use of the word, cf. VII. 136, palluit et subito sine sanguine frigida sedit, X. 59, et color et sanguis animusque relinquit euntem. Exsanguis is used in the same sense, as in IX. 224 (of Lichas hurled through the air), exsanguemque metu nec quidquam umoris habentem. Cf. Virg. Aen.II. 212, ib. VI. 401.211. Cf. Virg. Aen.III. 632-3, Hom. Od.IX. 372-4.
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