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imitator fulminis. His offence as described by Aurelius Victor (Origo Gentis Romanae, C. xviii.) is like that of Salmoneus in Virg. Aen.VI. 585-91, tantae superbiae non adversus homines modo, sed etiam deos fuisse traditur, ut praedicaret se superiorem esse ipso Iove; ac tonante caelo militibus imperaret ut telis clypeos quaterent; dictaretque clariorem sonum se facere. But it has been thought that this passage and Fast. iii. 327 are to be explained by supposing an anticipation of Franklin's discovery of the art of conducting lightning. The fate of Remulus was attested as late as the time of Dionysius (contemporary with Ovid) by the still visible remains of his palace at the bottom of the Alban lake, into which he was hurled.
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