Volvens, 1. 305; but Virg. may also have meant to suggest the notion of unrolling a volume, 1. 262. ‘Veterum monumenta virorum,’ the traditions (not of course written, but oral) of past generations, of which in those days the old were the natural depositaries, just as in Plaut. Trin. 2. 2. 100, the father says to his son, “Historiam veterem atque antiquam haec mea senectus sustinet.” It may be questioned whether ‘virorum’ is a possessive genitive, or a genitive of the object, “quae monent de veteribus viris.” In 8. 356, where the words recur, the latter is evidently meant.
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