[531, 532] Some inferior copies have ‘magna’ for ‘multa:’ a reminiscence of 9. 265. Serv. says that ‘parco’ was used with acc. by Lucilius and Ennius: but no instance is to be found in their extant fragments. Forc. gives instances from Cato R. R. 58, “Oleas tempestivas, unde minimum olei fieri poterit, eas condito, parcito” (al. “et partito”), and Plaut. Curc. 3. 1, “Qui mature quaesivit pecuniam, Nisi eam mature parsit, mature esurit.” The pl. ‘gnatis’ is rhetorical. Aeneas is answering ‘gnatoque patrique’ v. 525. In ‘belli commercia’ Virg. may have thought of Ennius' (A. 201) “cauponantes bellum,” as perhaps also of καπηλεύειν μάχην Aesch. Theb. 545, which Ennius misinterpreted. Tac. H. 3. 81 (quoted by Taubm.) alludes to Virg. “Vitellio rescriptum Sabini caede et incendio Capitolii dirempta belli commercia,” where the word is used more vaguely of negotiations as opposed to hard fighting.
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