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XXIV

Hieronymus in his Letter to Demetriades CXXX, 19 (Vallarsius p. 995): Boys with hair curled and crimped and skins smelling like foreign musk-rats, about whom Arbiter wrote the line, “ To smell good always is not to smell good,1 showing how the virgin may avoid certain plagues and poisons of modesty.

1 The line occurs in Martial 2, 12, 4. The reference to Petronius may be due to a confusion with ch. 2,1. 1.

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