B.C.), king of Egypt, had for her husband's safety vowed to
the gods a lock of her hair, when, shortly after his accession to
the throne and marriage, the king was setting out on an
expedition against Syria. Upon his safe return the vow was paid, and
the tress deposited in the temple of the deified Arsinoe on the promontory of
Next morning, however, it had disappeared; but the anger of the
king was appeased by the court astronomer, Conon, who said that he had
descried it among the stars, where it must have been placed by
divine agency. To verify his words Conon pointed out the hitherto
undistinguished minor constellation which is now known as Coma
Berenices.—Date, about 59 B.C. (cf. introductory note to c. 65).
omnia qui: the
antecedent clause begins in v. 7.
dispexit: descried; as
distinguishing in the darkness, or amid the multitude of