Cui probably refers to Beroe, not to Doryclus, who is mentioned merely as part of his wife or widow's antecedents. ‘Genus,’ exactly as we say family, meaning ancestors of name: comp. Hor. 1. Ep. 6. 37, “Et genus et formam regina Pecunia donat.” We have had ‘genus’ and ‘nomen’ combined G. 2. 240, where, though the language is metaphorical, the expressions are parallel. ‘Fuissent:’ the subj. is explained by Jahn and Forb. as giving the reason why Iris chose the form of Beroe. In other words, it makes us think of Beroe as Iris thought of her.
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