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Anius, son of Apollo, to whose service he was consecrated by his mother Rhoeo. Cf. Virg. Aen.III. 80.

quo . . . colebatur, ‘by whose sovereignty men were swayed, and Phoebus by his ministry duly served.’ Colebatur, though it completes the grammatical structure of both clauses, belongs in sense only to Phoebus, an instance of the brachylogy called zeugma, for which see Kennedy, P.S.l.G. § 61 n., and cf. Juv.xv. 81, “ardenti decoxit aeno aut verubus”, where Mayor cites Fl.viii. 254, “pars verubus, pars undanti despumat aeno”. So is probably to be taken Virg. Aen.III. 260, “nec iam amplius armis, sed votis precibusque iubent exposcere pacem”, where see Henry. Sometimes the verb suits both clauses, but in different senses, especially in the literal and metaphorical, as in Virg. Aen.I. 264, “moresque viris et moenia ponet”, a figure called syllepsis. The harshness of zeugma is of necessity much more noticeable in a modern language, in which the written form so largely predominates: in Latin and Greek the transition from letter to spirit was continuous and gradual, and the structure of the sentence as a whole (though not the inflection of an individual word) asserted itself less than with us. This accounts for the prevalence in both languages of constructions “κατὰ σύνεσιν”, which in English are carefully avoided, such as that of plural verb where grammatically there is only one subject in the singular (no reference is made to the use of collectives), as in IV. 735, “litora cum plausu clamor superasque deorum implevere domos”. (See Roby, §§ 1437-8, and Drakenborch on Liv.xxi. LX. 7). For the expression of agency by an ablative of attendant circumstance (see 442 n.), of. 635, I. 747, “nunc dea linigera colitur celeberrima turba”, and see Munro in Mayor's Juvenal on I. 13. Merkel, while printing homines, suggests fides, from which hnes might easily arise, comparing for the union of abstract and concrete XIV. 109.

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