Friday, 5 December 2014

Liddell poeta

IGL s.v. ἄξενος II (p. 84, R) cites a (pentameter) line from Ov(id):
Euxeinus qui nunc Axenus ille fuit.

This supports the point that the Axine was 'afterwards called the Euxine'

The closest passage to this in Ovid is Tristia IV.4.55-56:
frigida me cohibent Euxini litora Ponti:                  
     dictus ab antiquis Axenus ille fuit. 

The source of the first half of the pentameter remains unknown.

The juxtaposition of the Latin forms of the <ει> and <ε> variants is noteworthy.

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