v. 25 above. ‘Quod petiere’ is explained by Munro on Lucr. 4.885 as a peculiar use of ‘quod,’ denoting the effect rather than the cause, ‘the reason why they have sailed &c. is,’ a use found also in Lucr. 1. c., Ov. 3 Amor. 5. 39 foll. This is doubtless the case; but he seems to go too far when he says that the instances given by Madv. § 398 b, obs. 2, e.g. “quod scribis te . . ad me venturum, ego vero te istic esse volo” Cic. Fam. 14. 3, are of a different kind. Madv.'s explanation, ‘as to the fact that,’ will apply to all the passages equally, as it will to Lucr. 2. 532., 6. 740, which Prof. Munro considers parallel. Comp. also Prop. 5. 6. 49, “Quodque vehunt prorae Centaurica saxa minantes, Tigna cava et pictos experiere metus.” In each case the speaker is adverting to some fact which he feels himself called upon to meet.
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