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Humanities LibreTexts 3.592–99

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    mox ego, ne scopulis haererem semper in isdem,
    addidici regimen dextra moderante carinae
    flectere et Oleniae sidus pluviale Capellae
    Taygetenque Hyadasque oculis Arctonque notavi                                 595
    ventorumque domos et portus puppibus aptos.
    forte petens Delon Chiae telluris ad oras
    applicor et dextris adducor litora remis
    doque levis saltus udaeque inmittor harenae:

    Study Questions

    • What type of subordinate clause does ne (592) introduce?
    • What is the force of ad- in addidici (593)?
    • What kind of construction is dextra moderante (593)?
    • On what noun does the genitive carinae (593) depend?
    • What is the accusative object of flectere (594)?
    • Identify the six accusative objects of notavi (595).
    • Scan line 599 — how does the scanning help in figuring out grammar and meaning?
    • Identify and explain the voice of applicor (598), adducor (598) and immittor (599).

    Stylistic Appreciation

    Acoetes continues to take long to say little. Discuss the techniques by which he beefs up ‘I learned to be a helmsman and happened to land on Chios’.

    Discussion Points

    Can you identify the stars and constellations Ovid mentions here on a starchart? Why has he chosen those and not others? Do they add up to a coherent picture?

    scopulus, -i, m. rock, cliff, crag
    haereo, -ere, haesi, haesum to hang, stick, cleave, cling, sit fast
    addisco, -scere, -dici (here + inf.) to learn in addition, learn further
    moderor, -ari, -atus to moderate, temper; guide, govern
    regimen, -inis, n. here: ‘steering-oar’
    Olenius, -a, -um [= Gk Ôlenios] Olenian, poetic for Achaian
    pluvialis, -is, -e rainy
    capella, -ae, f. she-goat; star in the constellation Auriga
    Taygete, -es, f. a daughter of Atlas and Pleione
    one of the Pleiades
    Hyades, -um, f. the Hyades (a group of seven stars)
    daughters of Atlas, sisters of the Pleiades
    Arctos, -i, f. Great and Lesser Bear, North Pole
    puppis, -is, f. stern; ship
    forte (adverb; from fors) perchance
    Chius, -a, -um of the island Chios, Chian
    applico, -are, -avi, -atum (ad)
    here middle/passive:
    to bring into contact, put in (at)
    (of persons): to land (at)
    adduco, -cere, -xi, -ctum
    here middle/passive:
    to lead or bring
    (of persons): to sail (a ship) to
    levis, -is, -e light (with short -e-) [contrast lêvis = smooth]
    saltus, -us, m a jump, leap
    udus, -a, -um wet, moist, damp, humid
    immitto, -ittere, -isi, -issum
    middle/passive (+ dat.):
    to cause to go, send
    to throw oneself, leap (on or into) 3.592–99 is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by LibreTexts.

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