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[8] as [p. 447] when the plural follows the singular, as in the phrase gladio pugnacissima gens Romani (the Romans are a nation that fight fiercely with the sword); for gens is a singular noun indicating multitude. Or the singular may follow the plural, as in the following instance,

qui non risere parentes
nec deus hunc mensa dea nec dignata cubili est,

Ecl. iv. 62.1
where “he whom no goddess deems,” etc., is included among “those who have never smiled,” etc.

1 Those that have never smiled on their parents, neither does any god honour him by admitting him to his feats nor goddess deem him worthy of her bed." Although there can be no doubt as to the correctness of Politian's emendation in the passage as quoted here, it is against all MSS. authority, both of Virgil and Quintilian, and it is still frequently held that Virgil wrote cui.

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