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excusat, ‘pleads’ his power (i.e. his want of power), as an excuse for not joining Turnus. In Virgil the return of the ambassador is contrived with great effect just when the Latins and Rutulians are depressed and divided, and in accordance with the purpose of the poem the reply of Diomede traces all the disasters which have fallen on the Greeks to their war against Troy, and warns them of the hopelessness of contending with Aeneas.

se velle, Roby, § 1351, R. § 535. Excusare is found with accusative and infinitive, but the abrupt introduction of the construction is a feature of Latin. Cf. Liv. V. xiv. 2, non homines modo sed deos etiam exciebant, in religionem vertentes comitia biennio habita: priore anno intolerandam hiemem prodigiisque divinis similem coortam &c.

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