Ventis seems to be an extension of the notion of ‘adflavit,’ which expresses the effect of the “vapor” or heat of the thunderbolt. So Lucr. 5.567, “calidum membris adflare vaporem,” of fire; and again 6. 221 he speaks of things struck by lightning as “gravis halantes sulfuris auras,” though he immediately afterwards adds “ignis enim sunt haec, non venti signa neque imbris.” Virg. too may have thought of the wind of the thunderbolt's motion: see on 1. 35. Any distinct doctrine, like that of the wind's being the cause of the thunder or lightning, on which Lucr. enlarges 6. 96 foll., is less likely to have been in his mind, though in A. 8. 430 he makes wind one of the component parts of lightning, that which gives it speed. ‘Contigit’ like “de caelo tactas” E. 1. 17 note.
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