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gold, which in v. 141 is called crimen, because he owed it to his own folly. -144. Jam veteris = now ancient. Venae; sc. aureae. — 145. Auro pallentia. Cf. v. 110. Madidis glebis in their
- 154. Cerata arundine. See
147. Pana Pan; the great god of flocks and shepherds, and of everything connected with pastoral life. His worship was associated with that of Bacchus and the Nymphs. 148. Pingue = dull, stupid. Ut ante; i. e. when he wished to change what he touched to gold. 149. Domino. Gr. 385. A. & S. 223, R. 2. — 151 Clivoque utroque and sloping on either side. — 152. Sardis was at the foot of the mountain to the north, Hypaepa to the south. 153. Jactat = boasts. on VIII. 192. Modulatur accompanies. — 155. Prae se= prae suis (cantibus) = in comparison with his own music. — 156. Tmolo; i. e. the god of the mountain, who acted as judge of the contest. Impar; since Apollo was the god of music. 158. He removes the trees, as one pushes back his hair from his ears, that he may hear the better. Caerula; suggested probably by the azure hue of mountains seen in the distance. 161. Calamis. See on VIII. 192. Gr. 414. 4. A. & S. 247. 3.162. Barbarico; i. e. Phrygio. Aderat he was present; with many others, as appears from v. 173. Canenti; sc. ei. Gr. 386. A. & S. 224. — 163. Hunc; i. e. Pan. Sacer; as the god of the mountain. So sancti, v. 172. 164. Sua. Gr. 449. 2. A. & S. 208 (7). — 165. Caput. Gr. 380. A. & S. 234. II. Lauro. See on I. 106. Parnaside. See on I. 317.-166. Murice. See on I. 332. - 167. Distinctam =set, inlaid. Dentibus Indis; i. e. ivory (from India). — 168. Laeva; sc. manu. 169. Artificis fuit = his very attitude shows the artist. - 171. Submittere acknowledge to be inferior. -174. Delius Apollo; from Delos, his birth-place. See on VI. 190.175. Retinere. Gr. 551. II. i. A. & S. 273. Trahit in spatium = lengthens them. - 177. Imo Posse moveri (= the power of motion) is the object of dat; a poetical construction. -178. Hominis. Gr. 401. 8 (3). In: = in regard to. -179. Aures. Gr. 374. 7. R. 1 (a). —180. Pudore; the effect for the cause. A. & S. 324. 2. — 181. Tiaristiara; a Phrygian head-dress, covering the cheeks, and fastened under the chin. Cf. Virg. A. IV. 216. -186. Adspexerit. Gr. 525. A. & S. 265.-187. Voce – haustae in a low voice tells and whispers to the hole. Terrat haustae loco unde terra hausta erat.—190. Creber - coepit = there a thick growth of rustling reeds began to rise. Arundinibus. Gr. 429. A. & S. 250. 1.-192. Agricolam; i. e. the servant. The humor of the expression has been lost on most of the critics,
4. - 176. ima parte.
& S. 211, R.
A. & S. 234, Gr. 705. II.
some of whom have written long and dull notes to explain and justify it, while others have wasted their ingenuity on conjectural emendations, like arcanum, agricolis, auriculas, etc.
ELEGY X. In this poem, written during his exile, the author gives us a sketch of his life and fortunes. 365.1
[See Life of Ovid, p.
A. & S. 311.
For the measure of the poem, see Gr. 676. 1. Ille. Gr. 450. 5. A. & S. 207, R. 24. Qui fuerim depends on noris. Gr. 525. A. & S. 265. Lusor: singer. Amorum; referring to the Amores, etc. See Life.-3. Sulmo; a town of the Peligni, in the country of the Sabines, about ninety miles northeast of Rome. It was situated on two small mountain streams, the water of which was very cold. Hence gelidis uberrimus undis. —4. The Roman mile was 4,854 English feet, or about nine tenths of the English mile.-6. In the year 43 B. C., the consuls Aulus Hirtius and C. Vibius Pansa were sent with Octavianus against Antony, who was besieging D. Brutus at Mutina. Pansa was defeated by Antony, and died of a wound received in the battle. Hirtius retrieved this disaster by defeating Antony, but he also fell while leading an assault on the besieger's camp. —7. Si quid id est if that is anything; meaning that it is something to boast of. Many passages in his poems show that Ovid was proud of his family. Cf. Amor. III. 15. 5; Ep. ex Pont. IV. 8. 17. Ordinis; sc. equestris, implied in the following eques. — 8. Fortuna munere; i. e. by the possession of a fortune of 400 sestertia, which under the law of L. Roscius Otho (passed A. U. C. 687), entitled a person to equestrian privileges. 11. Lucifer-idem; i. e. we both had the same birthday. See on Met. XI. 98..-12. The libum was a cake offered to the Genius (the attendant spirit, or “guardian angel,” of the person), on birthdays.-13. Haec - solet this is the first of the five days sacred to the warlike Minerva, which is bloody with the fight of gladiators; i. e. the second day of the Quinquatria, a festival in honor of Minerva, held on the 19th of March and the four following days. Of the first day Ovid (Fasti, III. 811) says: Sanguine prima vacat, nec fas concurrere ferro; but on the others there were shows of gladiators. -16. Insignes ab arte distinguished for learning. - Eloquieloquentiam. Tendebat inclined to; had a bent for.
19. Coelestia sacra; i. e. the worship of the Muses.-22. Maeonides Homer; from Maeonia, where he was said to have been born. See on Met. VI. 149. - 23. Helicone. See on II. 219.24. Verba— modis: words free from measure; i. e. prose.-28. Liberior toga; i. e. the toga virilis, for which the boy of noble birth, at about the age of fifteen, exchanged the toga praetexta. He then ceased to be an infans, and entered on the legal rights of manhood. Hence liberior. For the datives, see Gr. 388. 4. A. & S. 225. II. — 29. The latus clavus, or broad purple stripe down the front of the tunic, was the badge of senatorial rank. Augustus, however, allowed the sons of senators, and, in some cases, of equites whose fortunes equalled that of senators, to wear the latus clavus, when they assumed the toga virilis. 32. Cf. Hor. C. II. 17. 5. — 34. Deque — fui: and I became one of the Triumviri; i. e. the Triumviri Capitales, whose duty it was to inquire into all capital crimes, and who had the care of public prisons. 35. Curia — est= the senate was now open to me, but (not desiring to enter it) I laid aside the latus clavus. When a young eques was allowed to wear the latus clavus (see on v. 29), he gave it up on reaching the age when he was admissible into the senate, if he did not desire to become a senator, and assumed the angustus clavus, the badge of the equestrian order.
– 36. Onus; i. e. the senatorship. — 38. Fugax, in poetry, sometimes takes a genitive of the thing which is shunned. – 39. Aoniae Sorores the Muses; since Helicon and Aganippe, their favorite haunts, were in Aonia, or Boeotia. See on I. 313. — 40. Otium often denotes freedom from the cares of public life. — 44. Macer; i. e. Aemilius Macer, who wrote a poem, or poems, now lost, upon birds, serpents, and medicinal plants. He was born at Verona, and was a friend of Virgil's. -— On the subjunctives, see Gr. 525. A. & S. 265. 45. S. Aurelius Propertius, the poet, was born about B. C. 51. Little is known of his life. As an elegiac poet, he ranks very high, and, among the ancients, it was a disputed point whether the preference should be given to him or to Tibullus. Ignes; i. e. love-poems. -47. Ponticus; a poet, less noted, who wrote on the Theban War in hexameter (heroo) verse. Bassus; a poet mentioned also by Propertius. Iambo - iambic verse. — 48. Dulcia - mei; i. e. were favorites in my circle of friends. — 49. Numerosus Horatius the tuneful Horace. -50. Ausonia Italian. See on Met. V. 350. — 51. Ovid was twenty-four years old when Virgil died, but the latter had resided for some years at Naples. Albius Tibullus, the elegiac poet, died in the same year with Virgil, or soon after. The poetry of his contemporaries shows him to have been a gentle and singularly amiable man. 53. C. Cornelius Gallus, born about B. C. 66, was an intimate friend of Virgil, Varus,
Ovid, and other eminent men of his time, and highly esteemed as a
65. Molletelis susceptible and by no means proof against the arrows of Cupid. — 66. Moveret. See ref. on v. 44.-67. Essem is subjunctive after quum causal. Hic such; i. e. thus susceptible. 68. Fabula = scandal. -69-72. See Life. -73. Ultima. She was connected with the noble house of the Fabii and also with the imperial family. —74. Conjux. Gr. 547. I. A. & S. 271, N. 2.—75, 76. Filia avum; i. e. his daughter, Perilla, was twice married, and had a child by each husband. - 77, 78. Since a lustrum is a period of five years, Ovid's father had reached the age of ninety. 79. Me. Gr. 371. 3. 1). A. & S. 232 (2) and N. 1. Some editors read, me... adempto. - 80. Proxima justa = the last honors. His mother died soon after her husband. -83. Me. Gr. 381 and 1. A. & S. 238. 2. 84. Nihil. Gr. 380. 2. A. & S. 232 (3). — 85. Si-restat; i. e. if death is not annihilation; if the soul is immortal. 86. Gracilis = thin, insubstantial. Cf. leves populos, Met. X. 14. — 89, 90. Causam jussae fugae that the cause of my banishment. Errorem. Ovid says again and again that his offence was an error, not a crime. See Life. 91. Studi
= devoted. 92. Pectora.
osa (sc. mei)
I took up the arms of my situation; i. e. I met the change
113. Referavitae. — 117.
bravely. 108. The hidden pole is the Southern; the visible, the Northern. Cf. Virg. G. I. 242 foll.—110. Sarmatis ora=the Sarmatian shore. Sarmatia was the general name for the northeastern part of Europe and the northwestern part of Asia. The Danube separated it from Thrace, just within whose boundaries the Getae lived. 111. Circumsoner. Gr. 516. II. and 3. Some editors read circumsonor. Compare quamvis ... est, v. 113. tur. Gr. 501. I. A. & S. 264. 7.-116. Lucis Gratia... tibi is thy favor; i. e. I owe to thee. The subject of the sentence is the clause depending on quod. 119. Ab Istro = from the Danube; i. e. from this place of exile. For the change of number in nos... mihi, see Met. V. 517, 518; XI. 132, 133, etc.— 120. Helicone. See on v. 23. 122. Ab exsequiis=post exsequias. 123. Detrectat praesentia; i. e. depreciates the works of living authors. 124. Nostris; sc. operibus. — 128. Plurimus. See on Met. XI. 140. - 130. Protinus - tuus; i. e. though I die, I shall not be forgotten. Cf. Hor. C. II. 7. 21; III. 30. 6. Cf. also the closing verses of the Metamorphoses:
Famque opus peregi quod nec Jovis ira nec ignes