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[559] “Cedere loco” is a phrase for giving way in battle, and perhaps the plural may be used here to avoid that special meaning, though it may be equally well referred to metrical convenience or poetical variety. The sense obviously is ‘Be gone from hence.’ Canon. has ‘loco,’ omitting ‘ego,’ unmetrically. ‘Laborum,’ the war: comp. v. 481. “Fortuna laborumG. 3. 452. Virg. probably imitates Il. 1. 522 (Zeus to Thetis), Ἀλλὰ σὺ μὲν νῦν αὖτις ἀπόστιχε, μή σε νοήσῃ Ἥρη: ἐμοὶ δέ κε ταῦτα μελήσεται, ὄφρα τελέσσω, as Cerda remarks. For the tmesis ‘super est’ comp. 2. 567, E. 6. 6.

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