Lael. 33 quod perduxissent. ESSET: cf. n. on 21. AETATE: here = the vigorous period of life; cf. bona aetas in 48. CURSUS HONORUM: 'official career'. HUIUS: ille and hic are not often found in the same sentence referring to the same person. Eius would have been more regular here. MEDIA: cf. n. on 33 constantis aetatis.

INFIRMITAS: the context shows that not physical but intellectual weakness is meant; so in Acad. 2, 9 infirmissimo tempore aetatis; Fin. 5, 43 aetas infirma. FEROCITAS: 'exultation', 'high spirit'. IAM CONSTANTIS AETATIS: i.e. middle age, the characteristic of which is stability; cf. 76 constans aetas quae media dicitur; also 60; Tac. A. 6, 46 composita aetas. For iam cf. Suet.

Hoc maximum constantis animi signum: cum lector ignem post tergum, ne id videret, injicere vellet: 'huc, inquit, 'accede, atque in conspectu accende ignem; si enim illum timuissem, nunquam ad hunc locum quem effugiendi facultus erat, accessissem. Hoc modo vir, praeter fidem, egregius, consumptus est. Vidi hunc exitum, singulos actus inspexi.

Phrases in the Cynthia, like Tum mihi constantis deiecit lumina fastus Et caput impositis pressit Amor pedibus, or Qui non ante patet donec manus attigit ossa, are in the essential spirit of Meleager, and, though not verbally copied from him, have the precise quality of his rhythms and turns of phrase.