Ὦ φαεννῶν ὰστέρων οἰκῶν ἕδρας of Zeus, Euripides Cycl. 353: comp. ἀστρωποὺς οἴκους ib. H. F. 406. Virg. may be thinking of the highest circle of heaven, the seat of the ‘sidera:’ comp. “aethra siderea” 3. 585 (recalling Eur. Ion 1078 Διὸς ἀστερωπὸς αἰθήρ), ‘aethera:’ like the “aether ignifer” of Lucr. 5.498, being the highest and purest air. Jupiter “sideream mundi . . . temperat arcem” Ov. Am. 3. 10. 21. ‘Arduus’ as 7. 624, “arduus altis equis:” ἐν κορυφῇσι καθέζετο is Homer's simpler expression (Il. 8. 51). The passage from Statius (Theb. 1. 201) quoted by Forb. should rather be compared with 9. 53.
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