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1 Plate powder; from "argentum," "silver." See B. xvii. c. 4.
2 Whitening, or chalk washed and prepared, is still used for this purpose.
3 The goal for the chariots.
4 This reading is restored by Sillig from the Bamberg MS., but no particulars are known relative to the person alluded to; unless, indeed, as Sillig suspects to be the case, he is identical with Publius Syrus, the writer of mimes, mentioned in B. viii. c. 77.
5 Supposed by some to have been the Manilius who was author of the poem called "Astronomica," still in existence. It is more probable, however, that he was the father of the poet, or perhaps the grandfather; as it is clear from a passage in Suetonius, that Staberius Eros taught at Rome during the civil wars of Sylla, while the poem must have been written, in part at least, after the death of Augustus.
6 Being afterwards manumitted. Sillig thinks that they may have arrived in Rome about B.C. 90.
7 "Catasta." A raised platform of wood on which the slaves were exposed for sale.
8 "Rectorem." For an explanation of this allusion, see B. xxviii. c. 14.
9 A native of Gadara in Syria, according to Josephus. Seneca speaks of him as being more wealthy than his master.
10 Or Menodorus, who deserted Sextus Pompeius and went over to Octavianus.
11 Who remained faithful to Pompeius, and died in his cause.
12 He is probably speaking in reference to her paramour, the freedman Pallas. See B. xxxiii. c. 47.
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