[435, 436] Disce virtutem . . . . . fortunam, &c., ‘learn what virtue is from me, what fortune is from others:’ there is no zeugma in the use of ‘disco’ here, as Serv. and Heyne think: but it = ‘to learn about,’ as in 6. 433, “vitasque et crimina discit.” So “audire” = ‘to hear about’ 7. 196. “Eorum quos legisset” for “de quibus legisset” Cic. Acad. Pr. 2. 1. 3. ‘Verum laborem,’ real toil: not fighting that beats the air. Virg. is probably thinking of the often-quoted words of Ajax (Soph. Aj. 550), “Ὦ παῖ, γένοιο πατρὸς εὐτυχέστερος, Τὰ δ᾽ ἄλλ᾽ ὅμοιος: καὶ γένοἰ ἂν οὐ κακός”. Serv.'s explanation of ‘verum’ is curious and significant: “Quem per me ipse suscipio: non qui ex aliorum virtute inperatoribus ascribi consuevit.”
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