[166, 167] Cum refers to ‘iamque’ v. 160, the words ‘ante—lacessunt’ being parenthetical. ‘As they approached the city, one of the party of youths whom they found exercising before the walls galloped off to announce their arrival.’ Wagn. thinks that ‘re’ in ‘reportat’ and similar words denotes the representation or repetition by the messenger of what he has seen or heard; but it seems more natural to say that the words were originally applied to one sent to fetch tidings, and thence to all who brought tidings, whether they had been sent to fetch them or not. ‘Praevectus’ riding in advance of the rest. ‘Ad auris’ with ‘reportat.’ “Referatis ad auris” E. 3. 73. On ‘ingentis’ Serv. remarks, “Ex stupore nuntii laus ostenditur Troianorum: et bene novitatis ostendit opinionem: ingentis enim esse quos primum vidimus opinamur.” ‘In veste,’ 4. 518.
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