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[16] Aedificant and ‘intexunt’ are both terms of ship-building. Catull. 62 (64). 9, “Ipsa (Pallas) levi fecit volitantem flamine currum, Pinea coniungens inflexae texta carinae,” which Virg. perhaps had in his mind. See further on 11. 326. Even ‘costa’ is used in speaking of a ship, Pers. 6. 31. Lucr. 5.1297 has “in equi conscendere costas.” ‘Intexunt’ form by interlacing, 6. 315., 10. 785, ‘abiete’ being instr. abl. But for these parallels, ‘secta abiete’ might be, as has been suggested to me, material abl. with ‘costas,’ ‘intexunt’ meaning interweave with the horse. ‘Intexunt’ has nearly the force of “intertexunt,” as “insereG. 2. 302 of “intersere.”

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