‘Seeptra,’ the sign of authority, for the place over which authority is exercised. ‘Palatini’ is, as Serv. observes, a prolepsis; but it is also intended to remind us of Pallanteum, as if ‘Palatium’ were a cognate form of Pallanteum. It is doubtful whether ‘petit’ is present, the last syll. being lengthened by caesura, or perf. contracted. The latter is the view of Lachm. on Lucr. 3.1042, where several passages are collected from Ov. and Lucan, in which the syll. is similarly lengthened: in one of them however, Lucan 5. 522, it would perhaps be more natural to regard ‘petit’ as a present. The nearest parallel to the lengthening of a short syllable in this part of the verse is “gravidus auctumno” G. 2. 5, as in 7. 398 the initial letter of “hymenaeos” may probably account for the quantity of the last syll. of “canit.” ‘Petivit’ was early introduced as a metrical alteration by ignorant transcribers, being found in two or three of Ribbeck's cursives and in Rom. from a correction.
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