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The scene is apparently laid in the pastoral region of North Italy . The date
assigned to it is B.C. 38 . MELIBEUS . CORYDON . THYRSIS . FORTE sub arguta
consederat ilice Daphnis , compulerantque greges Corydon et Thyrsis in unum ...
ECLOGUE X. The elegiac poet Cornelius Gallus , a friend of Virgil , had been
despatched ( apparently ) to defend the Italian waters from the freebooting
squadron of Sextus Pompey . In his absence , his mistress - here spoken of under
victima , i . e . sold to the priests for sacrifice , apparently a profitable branch of the
shepherd's trade . ( Victima usually signifies a larger victim ; hostia , a smaller .
The use of the singular is like our “ many a one . " ) 35. ingratæ , stingy , as giving
... he went to Rome to beg his freedom ; and the answer he is supposed to get is
to keep his farm , — feed your cows and breed your bullocks as before . -
submittite , properly , to raise for the purpose of breeding , apparently a technical
Vol. I. Containing the Pastoral Poems and Six Books of the Æneid Virgil Joseph
Henry Allen, William Francis Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough. 78. necte modo
, just twine them ( modo , apparently , means don't stop for any thing more ) .
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