Aut collo decus &c. for a necklace or a crown: comp. 1. 654 note. ‘Decus collo’ like “decus navi” Culex 135. Comp. Homer's κόσμος θ᾽ ἵππῳ ἐλατῆρί τε κῦδος Il. 4. 145. “Quas ipsa decus sibi dia Camilla Delegit” 11. 657. ‘Per artem’ G. 1. 122 &c. ‘Buxum’ said to be good for carving G. 2. 449. Pliny 16. 84 mentions it with terebinth among the woods “quorum operimento vestiatur alia materies.” Terebinth, having according to his description (13. 12) a wood of a bright black colour, “materies (lenta ac) nigri splendoris,” would be well fitted for setting ivory. Comp. Theoph. Hist. Plant. 3. 15. ‘Corycia’ for ‘Oricia’ Gud. and Med. corrected. Oricum was a town in the north of Epirus. The rhythm of this line, like that of E. 3. 63, “munera sunt lauri et suave rubens hyacinthus,” is thoroughly Greek with its open vowels and final quadrisyllable: comp. Catullus 66. 11, “novo auctus hymenaeo.” So Propertius 4. 7. 49, “sed Thyio thalamo aut Oricia terebintho.”
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