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1 XIII. Seas covered with edifices] “Maria constructa esse.”
“Contracta pisces æquora sentiunt,
Jactis in altum molibus, etc. Hor. Od., iii.
” “----The haughty lord, who lays
His deep foundations in the seas,
And scorns earth's narrow bound;
The fish affrighted feel their waves
Contracted by his numerous slaves,
Even in the vast profound. Francis.”
2 To have made a sport of their wealth] “Quibus mihi videntur ludibrio fuisse divitiæ.” "They spent their riches on objects which, in the judgment of men of sense, are ridiculous and contemptible." Cortius.
3 Luxury] “Cultûs.” "Deliciarum in victu, luxuries of the table; for we must be careful not to suppose that apparel is meant." Cortius.
4 Cold] “Frigus.” It is mentioned by Cortius that this word is wanting in one MS.; and the English reader may possibly wish that it were away altogether. Cortius refers it to cool places built of stone, sometimes underground, to which the luxurious retired in the hot weather; and he cites Pliny, Ep., v. 6, who speaks of a crytoporticus, a gallery from which the sun was excluded, almost as if it were underground, and which even in summer was cold nearly to freezing. He also refers to Ambros., Epist. xii., and Casaubon. ad Spartian. Adrian., c. x., p. 87.
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