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[14] Figures may also be commended by their antiquity, for which Virgil had such a special passion. Compare his

vel cum se pavidum contra mea iurgia iactat

Aen. xi. 400.1

progeniem sed enim Troiano a sanguine duci

An. i. 19. 2
Numerous instances of the same kind might be cited from the old tragic and comic poets.

1 The figure consists in the use of vel cum to introduce an independent sentence. “Even when he claims, to tremble at my taunts.”


But she had heard that even now a race
Was springing from the blood of fallen Troy.
Quintilian refers to the archaic sed enim.

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