Venimus populare, vertere, like “parasitus modo venerat aurum petere,” Plaut. Bacch. 4. 3. 18, an instance which may show that the construction is not merely a poetical Grecism, though the supine is undoubtedly more usual than the inf. ‘Populare’ seems here to refer to slaughter, as distinguished from pillage (‘ad litora vertere praedas’). This is a sense however derived from the context, not, as Wagn. thinks, inherent in the word. Attius (Astyanax fragm. 1) has “Qui nostra per vim patria populavit bona.”
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