“Colo calathisve Minervae” 7. 805. ‘Tolerare vitam,’ as we talk of sustaining or supporting life, like “perfacile angustis tolerarit finibus aevum” Lucr. 2.1171. So Plaut. Trin. 2. 2. 57, “tolerare eius egestatem volo.” The construction with the abl., which again corresponds to our idiom, is found in Caesar, Pliny, &c. ‘Minerva,’ the goddess of spinning for the act of spinning, like Ceres, Bacchus, &c. Ov. M. 4. 33 has “intempestiva turbantes festa Minerva,” probably in imitation of Virg. On ‘tenui’ Serv. says “non filo tenui, id est, subtili artificio, sed parvo pretio lanificii, id est, tenuiter et exiliter victum praebente.” Perhaps the first interpretation may deserve reconsideration.
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