Ab Iove principium was probably suggested to Virg.'s ear by Aratus's Ἐκ Διὸς ἀρχώμεσθα (Phaen. 1): comp. ib. 5, τοῦ γὰρ καὶ γένος ἔσμεν, and see note on E. 3. 60. Δάρδανον ἂρ πρῶτον τέκετο νεφεληγερέτα Ζεύς, says Aeneas to Achilles, Il. 20. 215.
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