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diversasque urbes, ‘and cities twain,’ one in peace, the other besieged, Il.XVIII. 490-540. Korn thinks urbes corrupt because Ulysses could not declare Ajax unable to recognise the cities, while the mention of them comes in awkwardly among the stars, and with this exception Ovid confines himself to what would have special interest for the sailor-hero Ulysses. (The last remark, however, seems to take no account of Od.I. 3, Hor Epp.I. ii. 19, A.P. 142). He therefore prefers orbes, which is found in a Bolognese MS., and which he would interpret of the polar circles, or polos. Zingerle adopts ursas, the conjecture of C. Schenkl. Ehwald reads orbes. explaining it of sun and moon (cf. IV. 348).

Orionis ensem, a conspicuous object in the sky, formed by three bright stars. The story of the Boeotian hunter Orion takes various shapes, in several of which he is shot by Artemis or killed by a scorpion. In Fast.V. 537-44, as a punishment for his boast that no beast can encounter him, he has to defend Latona against a scorpion, and for his service is turned into a constellation.

295. This line was rejected by Bentley as a mere repetition of 291, and probably arose from a marginal note.

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