Hoc metu = “metu huius rei:” see on 2. 171. This figure is not uncommon in Livy and Tacitus: comp. e. g. Livy 21. 46, “Numidae . . . ab tergo se ostendunt. Is pavor perculit Romanos.” ‘Concussa mentem’ like “concussus animum” 5. 869. ‘Virago’ (“mulier quae viri animum habet” Serv.) is applied either to a very strong woman (“ancillam viraginem aliquam” Plaut. Merc. 2. 3. 78), or to a warlike goddess or nymph (Enn. A. 510, “Paluda virago:” comp. Ov. M. 2. 765, 6. 130, where it is used of Athena). Heyne s wrong in identifying it in meaning with ‘virgo.’
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