In the following lines Virg. has had his eye on the much longer description of Scylla and Charybdis Od. 12. 73 foll. The Scylla of the Odyssey however is a six-headed and twelve-footed monster; the Scylla of Virg. is modelled on the later legend, already glanced at E. 6. 75 foll., which represented her as a maiden whose lower parts had been transformed by magic. “‘Dextrum:’ de Ionio venientibus. Scylla enim in Italia est, Charybdis in Sicilia.” Serv. ‘Inplacata,’ insatiate, as Hor. 2. S. 8. 5 talks of “iratum ventrem placare.” The word is said to occur only here and in Ov. M. 8. 846.
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