Emensae as applied to ‘sidera’ may have a further reference to observing the stars, like “remetior astra” v. 25, the matrons being said to do what their pilot had to do for them. Comp. Soph. Oed. T. 795, ἄστροις τὸ λοιπὸν ἐκμετρούμενος χθόνα. ‘Sidera’ seems to combine the notions of the stars as the chart for sailing and as the harbingers of weather. For ‘ferimur’ Rom. and another give ‘tulimus,’ several others ‘ferimus.’ ‘Mare magnum’ was at one time taken of the Mediterranean: but the epithet is doubtless quite general. Serv. comp. Lucr. 2.1, “Suave mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis.”
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