Comp. Od. 7. 43, where Ulysses first sees the city of the Phaeacians. Virgil too may have had his eye on Apoll. R. 3. 215 foll. ‘Molem,’ the vast buildings. Hor. 3 Od. 29. 10, “Fastidiosam desere copiam et Molem propinquam nubibus arduis.” ‘Magalia,’ apparently the same as “mapalia” G. 3. 340, where see note. The word, which is a Punic one, occurs again 4. 259, Plaut. Poen. prol. 86. In these two places it seems simply to mean suburbs (comp. the fragments of Sall. and Cassius Hemina cited by Serv.); here there is evidently a disparaging sense intended, as we should say, mere huts. The contrast, as Serv. remarks, is in the poet's own mind, not in that of Aeneas. Comp. 8. 360.
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