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mittitur, ‘is hurled.’ Cf. 438. Astyanax or Scamandrius ( Il.VI. 402) was thrown from a tower of Troy by Ulysses, according to one story in order that he might not, as was prophesied, restore the kingdom of Troy; according to another, because Calchas announced that the departure of the Greeks was impossible until he had thus been put to death.

416. This forms, as it were, a companion picture to the one in Virg. Aen.II. 453-7 of Andromache's frequent visits with the child to Priam and Hecuba. Cf. Ibis, 563, “vel videas quod iam cum flammae cuncta tenerent, Hectoreus patria vidit ab urbe puer”. The details may be imitated from Seneca, Troad. 1081, “turri in hac blando sinu fovens nepotem, cum metu versos gravi Danaos fugaret Hector et ferro et face, paterna puero bella monstrabat senex.

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