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duas, sc. Scylla and herself. With this reading (the easier duos, which would refer to Glaucus and Circe, appears as a correction in h) the force of ulciscere is doubtful. Haupt takes it of ‘righting’ Scylla and Circe herself from the persecution of Venus, who afflicted the former with an unwelcome suit, the latter with love unrequited. But it seems possible that the verb may combine the two senses of ‘punishing’ Scylla for her disdain, and of ‘vindicating’ Circe from her rivalry. Cf. Plaut. Men.III. ii. 7(cited by Lewis and Short), non hercle ego is sum, qui sum, ni hanc iniuriam meque ultus pulcre fuero. [Circe seems to mean: ‘despise Scylla, love me; and thus take a double revenge, upon her for slighting your suit, for me, that hate her as a rival to myself, and for treating you as she has done.’ Ulciscere thus would be used in its two senses alternately, (1) punish Scylla, (2) revenge me. R. E.]
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