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coniugii dotem, ‘as the price of his love.’ This was in accordance with Roman ideas: dos illa Romanorum mulierum veluti complementum pretii erat, quo mulieres sibi viros coemebant, et hinc Tacitus tamquam rem a Romanis moribus diversissimam notat quod apud Germanos soli viri sibi coemerint uxores, non uxores viros, Heineccius, Antiqq. Rom. II. viii. 3 a. The passage referred to is Germ.19, dotem non uxor marito, sed uxori maritus offert.

sociorum corpora, merely a periphrasis for socios, although it was specially their bodies that needed restoration, “αὐτὰρ νοῦς ἦν ἔμπεδος ὡς τὸ πάρος περ” ( Od.X. 240). In Homer (ib. 342-4) Ulysses at first only makes Circe swear to do himself no hurt; afterwards (ib. 375-87) he refuses to eat and drink with her until she restores his companions to their proper shape.

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