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[593] Comp. 9. 24, “Multa deos orans, oneravitque aethera votis.” ‘Inanis’ is an ordinary epithet of ‘auras;’ here however it denotes the ineffectualness of the protest, a feeling which Latinus may have expressed. Comp. Catull. 62 (64). 164 foll.: “Sed quid ego ignaris nequiquam conqueror auris,
Externata malo, quae nullis sensibus auctae
Nec missas audire queunt nec reddere voces?

With the appeal to the sky we may perhaps comp. Prometheus' soliloquy, Aesch. Prom. 88 foll. Markland ingeniously conjectured ‘aras,’ which is found in the 2nd Hamb. originally, and is supported by 12. 496.

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