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THE NUT TREE.
In this juvenile production of Ovid, he supposes a walnut tree, growing near a public road, to make the following complaint of the outrages committed against it by those who passed by.
13. Matrem : "their parent tree.' 19. Continuos : 'successive.'
22. Clytemnestra digna : See Lat. Gram. Rule XIII. Obs. 2. Clytemnestra was slain by her own son Orestes. 27. Quæque
... cerasus : and let the cherry-tree hear this, which tinges its fruit with various colours.'
29. Feritur : i. e. is any tree which bears only leaves pelted ?
31. Sinceros : unmarred; unbruised.' 37. De quo victoria : 'the conquest of whom.'-Lucro: • for gain.'
40. Cui timeat : 'that for which he should fear ; ' i. e. money, or treasure.
44. Fragmina : 'fragments ;' broken branches. 45. Vicinia : 'nearness to me.' 53. Sed, puto : " but, I suppose.' Ironically, 68. Parca colona: «O rustic housewife, too frugal.' 81. Rapti : 'of what is plundered.'-Relicti : of that which is left,' viz. for my owner. 88. Solve :
nor the sun.' 90. Malo est : 'is a misfortune.' 91. Polydore : Polydorus the son of Priam was murdered for his wealth, by his brother-in-law. See Met. Book XIII, verse 399, note.
92. Aonium virum: her husband Amphiarāüs. To avoid going to a war, in which he knew he was to perish if he went, Amphiarāüs had secreted himself. But his wife Eriphyle, induced by a diamond necklace, discovered the place of his concealment, and Amphiarāüs was obliged to go to the war. But before his departure he enjoined it
on his son to kill his mother, as soon as the tidings of his own death should reach him, which command was executed.
94. Opes : the Hesperides, or daughters of Hespěrus, had a garden in which some of the trees were said to bear golden apples.
97. Nec . . . hamis : «and am not defended by crooked thorns.'
100. Icario cane : • with the dog-star.' 105. Hæc mihi perpesse :
after I have suffered all these evils.'
115. Qua publica tangunt : "things that grow by the way-side.' 127. At non . . :
finit; but the divine Augustus has not confined the blessings of peace to the city of Rome.'
137. Fusco succo : the juice from the bark of the walnut tree, and from the outer covering of the nut, when handled, stains the hand with a dingy yellow, which will not yield to water, and can only be worn off.
153. Sagittis : this is an allusion to malefactors condemned to be shot, who are tied to the stake, and therefore cannot move to shun the arrow which they may see aimed at them.
162. Dedecus esse semel: 'for the punishment to be inflicted at once.'
OVID gives some account of his family, and of his own life.
1. Ile ... posteritas : the construction is, posteritas, accipe, ut nôris quem legis, ego sum ille qui fuerim lusor tenerorum amorum.
3. Sulmo : a town of the Peligni, about 'ninety miles northeast of Rome.
6. Consul uterque : both consuls Hirtius and Pansa fell at Mutina, in a battle against Antony, 43 years before the Christian era.
7. Ordinis : sc. equestris : 'of equestrian rank.' 11. Lucifer idem : the same day ;' i. e. of the month.
13. Hæc est ... 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 festival. For on the first day of the Quinquatria oblations were offered, but without the effusion of blood. On the second, third, and fourth, shows of gladiators were exhibited, and on the fifth was a solemn procession through the city. During this celebration, which commenced on the 18th of March, the scholars had holydays.
18. Verbosi Fori : of the noisy forum.' 22. Mæonides : Homer.
29. Lato clavo : Senators had a broad stripe of purple on the breast of their tunic, called latus clavus ; and the knights a narrow one, called angustus clavus.
Augustus gave the sons of senators permission to wear the latus clavus when they assumed the manly gown.
34. Tribus una : he intimates that he had been a triumvir.
35. Curia : the senatorial dignity only remained for him to gain. He had passed through the other gradations.
Clavi : by saying that the width of his purple was contracted, he means that he did not receive the senatorial dignity, which, as above stated, was designated by a broader stripe of purple upon the robe.
43. Suas volucres legit : 'read his description of birds.' Æmilius Macer, a poet of Verona, wrote concerning birds, serpents, and plants.
47. Ponticus : Ponticus and Bassus were contemporary poets with Ovid. One wrote in heroic, and the other in iambic verse.
50. Dum ferit : "while he strikes the lyre to his polished songs.'
51. Tibullo; Tibullus died when Ovid was very young, soon after the commencement of their acquaintance. Some say he died the day Ovid was born ; but this is a mistake.
56. Thalia : the construction is, meaque Thalia (musa] non tardè facta est nota.
60. Corinna : this is the name under which Ovid celebrates a favorite in his Amorum Libri, which he calls juvenilia.
90. Errorem : it is not known fully what was the cause of Ovid's banishment; but he is supposed to have been guilty of some violation of honour, in relation to Augustus.
95. Pisæâ olivá : the victors at the Olympic games were crowned with olive at Pisa, a city of the Peloponnesus.
96. Abstulerat decies : i. e. after ten celebrations of the Olympic games. These took place every four years, and of course he means, after he was forty years old.
97. Tomitas : Ovid was banished to Tomos. 108. Occultum : i. e. the concealed, or South pole, the North pole being visible.
123. Qui detrectat presentia : 'which undervalues the works of living authors.
From whom was Prometheus de.
scended ? In what city, and at what period By whom, and by what means is was Ovid born ?
the first man said by the poets Under which of the Roman em to have been formed and ani. perors did Ovid flourish ?
mated? To what place was Ovid banish. How was the impiety of Promeed ?
theus punished? Where is Tomos situated ?
Which was the first of the four What are the peculiar excellen ages of the world?
ces of the poetry of Ovid ? How were the laws of the Ro. Who were the Titans ?
mans made known to the peoWho was Phoebe?
ple? Who was Amphitrīte ?
Who was the sovereign of the What is the form of the earth ?
gods? How many zones are there? Why was the oak dedicated to What part of the earth is in the Jupiter? torrid zone?
By whom was Saturn dethroned ? Where are the two frigid zones How was the empire of the world situated ?
divided, after Saturn was drivWhat name is given to the two en from his throne ?
zones, which are situated be. Under what names is Jupiter suptween the torrid and frigid posed to have been worshipped zones?
by the Africans, Babylonians, Who was Aurora ?
and Egyptians? Why is the name of Aurora used What age followed the golden ? to signify the east ?
In what age is the year said to Where is Nabathæa, and from have been first divided into seawho did it receive its name?
sons ? Who was Zephğrus or Favoni- What were the first habitations of
mankind ? Which of the deities was the god. Which of the goddesses was dess of flowers ?
thought to preside over Which of the winds is called Bo and harvests ? reas ?
In what island was Ceres princiWhat wind is called Auster? pally worshipped ? By what figure is Septemtrionem What is the third age of the divided, in verse 64 ?
world called ?