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in rege tamen pater est, ‘king though he be, is father too.’ In rege shows the same use of the concrete substantive which is found in Fasti V. 570, “a tantis princeps incipiendus erat”, and which is not infrequent in Ovid with fateor, simulo and their compounds. Cf. XII. 601, “fassusque deum”, VI. 26, “Pallas anum simulat” (‘puts on,’ ‘assumes’), XIV. 656, “assimulavit anum, Fasti” V. 504, “dissimulant deos”. So Virg. Aen.II. 591, “confessa deam”, Luc. i. 131, “dedidicit iam pace ducem”, Ars Amat. i. 181, Prop.iv. XXII. 36. mite . . . verti. Cf. XII. 29, “pietatem publica causa” rexque patrem vicit.
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