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praedae umbram, ‘the phantom quarry.’ Umbram seems to be what is called by Jelf (Gr. Gr. § 442 e), an ‘adjectival substantive,’ the expression being comparable to such as “πυρὸς σέλας” (‘bright fire’) Aesch. P. v. 7, “φωτῶν ἀθλίων ἱκτήρια” (‘poor suppliant mortals’) Soph. Oed. Col. 923. Cf. Virg. G. IV. 441, miracula rerum, Aen. I. 204, discrimina rerum, Prop.iii. VII. 52, fulminis ira cadit (and see Hertzberg Quaest. Propert. p. 149), Juv.iv. 39, spatium admirabile rhombi (‘a marvellous great turbot’) and perhaps Lucr.v. 369,cladem pericli”, ib. 1193,murmura magna minarum” (Munro gives the epithetic force to the genitive). Cf. also Milton, P. l. VI. 212, ‘overhead the dismal hiss of fiery darts in flaming volleys flew,’ ib. IX. 270, ‘the virgin majesty of Eve . . . replied.’

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