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Iovem, the sky and so the climate. Cf. 639 n. Ovid thus briefly passes over the incidents described at length by Virgil ( Aen.III. 137-91), the pestilence and drought, and the vision of Aeneas which renders unnecessary a second visit to the oracie. M has luem.centum urbibus, Crete, called already in Homer ( Il.II. 649) “ἑκατόμπολις”. Cf. Hor. Epod.IX. 29, “centum nobilem Cretam urbibus”. The juxtaposition increases the emphasis which Ausonios gains from its position in advance of portus. The effect is to express the hopeful alacrity with which the fugitives turn their thoughts to Italy. Cf. Virg. Aen.III. 189, “cuncti dicto paremus ovantes”.
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