Serv. gives a choice of interpretations of ‘explebo numerum,’ one impossible, ‘explebo’ = “minuam,” which he supports by Enn. A. 9. fr. 5, “Navibus explebant sese, terrasque replebant,” the others more conformable to Latinity, ‘I will fill up the number of the shades by rejoining them,’ and ‘I will fill up my allotted time in the shades.’ Macrob. Som. Scip. 1. 13 has a mystical explanation of the words from Plotinus' doctrine of numbers, which the curious in such things may consult. On the whole Heyne seems right in preferring Serv.'s second interpretation. Forb. comp. Sen. Hipp. 1153, “Constat inferno numerus tyranno,” supposing Virg. to intimate that Pluto would naturally be jealous of the prolonged absence of one of his subjects. Comp. the use of ‘numerus’ E. 6. 85. There are two other passages in Seneca's Tragedies which may illustrate this use of ‘explere,’ Herc. Oet. 949, “Vacat una Danais: has ego explebo vices,” and Herc. F. 502, “Deest una numero Danais: explebo nefas.” But the interpretation can hardly be said to have been as yet placed beyond doubt. Mr. Long suggests that ‘numerum’ may mean ‘my place,’ a sense illustrated on G. 4. 227.
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