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nimium . . . vino, Roby, §§ 1210-2, R. §§ 497-8, and cf. Hor. C. II. xii. 5, nimium mero Hylaeum. For the story of Elpenor see Hom. Od.X. 551-60: being heavy with wine he lay down for coolness on the roof of Circe's palace, and in his haste to descend when roused by the noise of his comrades, who were making ready for departure, missed the ladder, and fell headlong from the roof, breaking his neck. His ghost was the first to meet Ulysses in the shades, and implored him to burn and entomb the body ( Od.XI. 51-83), which Ulysses did on his return to the isle of Circe (ib. XII. 8-15, cf. 10 n.). There are many allusions to his fate, as in Ibis, 485, neve gradus adeas Elpenore cautius altos, vimque feras vini quo tulit ille modo. Ehwald reads from M nimioque, descriptive ablative, comparing III. 218, niveis Leucon et villis Asbolus atris (Roby, §§ 1232, 1309).

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