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debita Troiani fatis, ‘which the doom of Troy requires.’ The fall of Troy depended upon the occurrence of several events. Three are stated in Bacchid. iv. IX. 29-31. “Ilio tria fuisse audivi fata, quae illi forent exitio: signum ex arce si perisset: alterum etiam est Troili mors: tertium cum portae Scaeae limen superum scinderetur.

This last involved the disturbance of the tomb of Laomedon, and was brought about when the gate was widened to bring in the horse. A fourth condition was the presence of an Aeacid. This was satisfied by bringing to the war the young son of Achilles, Pyrrhus (cf. 155 n.), who thence got the name Neoptolemus. For other conditions see 45 n., 98 n. For fatis = ‘destruction,’ see 180 n.

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