NOTES ON LUCRETIUS, OVID, AND LUCAN 1) BY E. L. B. MEURIG DAVIES LUCRETIUS 1.271-272 principio venti vis verberat incita portus ingentisque ruit navis et nubila differt. To Munro's defence of portus (pontum Marullus: cautes Lach- mann) we may add Pentadius, de Fortuna, 32 in portu mersa est per mare iacta ratis with Sen. NQ. 3.25.2 crebrioribus ventis ostium caeditur. 2.210-21 1 sol etiam caeli de vertice dissipat omnis ardorem in partis et lumine conserit arva. The MSS shew sal etiam de vertice; Bernays' caeli also occurred to Munro, who compares Cic. Arat. 297 summo caeli de vertice. tra- nans. But mundi is perhaps stronger; it would more ea.sily fall out between etiam and de. 3.828-829 adde furorem animi proprium atque oblivia rerum, adde quod in nigras lethargi mergitur undas. Heinsius suggested a possibility that nigras should be pigras; so Markland. But surely nigras is stronger and finer. Poets call Lethe Stygian; thus, Luc. 5.221 inmisit Stygi,am Paean in viscera Lethen; and poets think of Styx as black; cf. Verg. Aen. 9.104-6 dixerat 1) 1 should like to thank the Craven committee of Oxford University for help given towards this and other work; and Professor H. Wagenvoort for
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1949
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