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[189, 190] The stories of Phaethon and Cycnus are told by Ovid in the 2nd book of the Metamorphoses. In E. 6. 62 the sisters of Phaethon are changed into alders. “Silvamque sororibus auctam” is Ovid's grotesque imitation of ‘umbramque sororum’ (M. 2. 372). The latter is quaintly enough put by Serv. side by side with “sinuatque alterna volumina crurum” and “cum primum sulcos aequant sata” as “unum de his quae habet Vergilius inimitabilia et sua propria.

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