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Phaeacum, the Phaeacians, inhabitants of the Homeric Scheria, which was identified by general tradition with Corcyra ( Thuc.i. 25). Ulysses after leaving Calypso's island was hospitably entertained by their king Alcinous, to whom he related his previous adventures ( Hom. Od.ix.—xii.), and by whom he was afterwards conveyed to Ithaca. There is reference here to the famous gardens of Alcinous, described Od.VII. 112-32.

felicibus, ‘goodly.’ The word originally means ‘fruitbearing,’ but is specially used as an epithet of the nobler trees (as perhaps here) or of their fruit, as in XIV. 627. Cf. Virg. Aen.II. 649(of Achaemenides, cf. XIV. 216) “victum infelicem bacas lapidosaque corna”.

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 7.112
    • Homer, Odyssey, 9.1
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    • Vergil, Aeneid, 2.649
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