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intabescere, β€˜to melt.’ The same image of a bullet fused by its passage through the air is used

β€œnon secus exarsit quam cum Balearica plumbum
funda iacit: volat illud et incandescit eundo,
et quos non habuit, sub nubibus invenit ignes.
”

It is evidently taken from Lucr.vi. 178, ib. 306, where see Munro. Cf. Virg. Aen.IX. 588, Stat. Theb.X. 533.

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    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.727
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 9.588
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 6.178
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 6.306
    • Statius, Thebias, 10
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