Tela are probably the spears flung by Mezentius at Aeneas (10. 882 foll.) and broken on the shield. Stat. l. c. talks of “truncos ictibus ensis.” ‘Bis sex:’ Serv. has an extraordinary fancy that these wounds were given to Mezentius by the representatives of the twelve “populi” of Mantua (10. 202), asserting that it was customary for all the army to stab a slain enemy, and referring to the stabbing of the dead Hector by the Greeks. The real reference of course is to the wounds received by Mezentius during the battle, as hinted at in such passages as 10. 691 foll. ‘Petitum,’ aimed at or struck, like “Malo me Galatea petit” E. 3. 64.
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