Stabulant neuter, G. 3. 224. The word is appropriate to the Centaurs. ‘Scyllae’ may be meant to include the two Scyllas, as the daughter of Nisus was turned into a monster according to one legend (see on E. 6. 74), or the plural may be rhetorical, like Milton's “Hydras and Chimaeras dire.” It would almost seem as if Virg. wished them to be conceived of as a monstrous race, like the Centaurs. Lucr., whom Virg. doubtless had in view, speaking philosophically, treats them as a class, “Centauros itaque et Scyllarum membra videmus, Cerbereasque canum facies,” 4. 732, and again “Centauros . . . Scyllas et cetera de genere horum” 5. 891 foll.
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