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Nescioquid Maius Nascitur Iliade

  • C. J. Ellingham

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The patriotism of Propertius' line is more evident than its truth, especially to the schoolboy. He can read the second, fourth, and sixth books of the Aeneid with enjoyment, and some consciousness of their greatness, and will patronize the fifth with his interest, though the footrace is unfair, the boxing grotesque, and the archery miraculous. But the later books have no appeal. The last Sixth Form with whom I read Aeneid x–xii for Higher Certificate were unmoved, and thought they knew why. It was but adulterated Homer. Incidents which are telling in the Iliad are reproduced and embellished with a care that shows that Virgil's direct inspiration had run dry.

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page 11 note 1 xii. 766.

page 11 note 2 x. 127.

page 11 note 3 xi. 696.

page 11 note 4 x. 334.

page 11 note 5 x. 585.

page 12 note 1 x. 389.

page 12 note 2 x. 883.

page 12 note 3 xi. 605 ff.

page 13 note 1 xxi. 279.

page 13 note 2 xvi. 31.

page 13 note 3 vi. 506.

page 13 note 4 ix. 590.

page 13 note 5 vi. 414.

page 13 note 6 xi. 241.

page 14 note 1 vi. 476.

page 14 note 2 xi. 552.

page 15 note 1 xi. 694.

page 15 note 2 viii. 327.

page 15 note 3 vii. 475 ff.

page 16 note 1 xi. 108.

page 17 note 1 xi. 252.

page 17 note 2 xi. 336.

page 18 note 1 xxi. 99.

page 18 note 2 xii. 676.

page 18 note 3 xi. 154.

Nescioquid Maius Nascitur Iliade

  • C. J. Ellingham

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