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Vrsum quippe eximie magnitudinis obuium sibi inter dumeta factum iaculo confecit, comitemque suum Ialtonem, quo uiribus maior euaderet, applicato ore egestum belue cruorem haurire iussit. Creditum namque erat, hoc pocionis genere corporei roboris incrementa prestari."

ORTUS SATUS INCREMENTA: 'origin, cultivation, and growth'. For the omission of the copula see n. on 53. REQUIETEM: the best MSS. of Cic. sometimes give the other form requiem, as in Arch. 13. VIM IPSAM: 'the inherent energy'. OMNIUM ... TERRA: a common periphrasis for 'all plants'; cf. e.g. The Latin has no one word to comprehend all vegetable products.

Quae cum gremio mollito ac subacto sparsum semen excepit, primum id occaecatum cohibet, ex quo occatio quae hoc efficit nominata est; deinde tepefactum vapore et compressu suo diffundit et elicit herbescentem ex eo viriditatem, quae nixa fibris stirpium sensim adolescit culmoque erecta geniculato vaginis iam quasi pubescens includitur; e quibus cum emersit, fundit frugem spici ordine structam et contra avium minorum morsus munitur vallo aristarum. 52 Quid ego vitium ortus satus incrementa commemorem?

For public documents the chisel and the rock, for private the pen and the prepared skin, seem to have been preferred by them; and in the earlier times, at any rate, they employed no other materials. Media . . . quam ante regnum Cyri superlovis et incrementa Persidos legimus Asiae reginam totius. Amm. Marc, xxiii. 6. The origin of the Median nation is wrapt in a profound obscurity.