Commentary Cons. Phil. Book 3 Metrum 6
All people are equally noble.
Meter: Dactylic tetrameter catalectic + ionic dimeter. The two units are separated by diaeresis.
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ut: sc. dedit; "just as he gave . . ."
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animos celsa sede petitos: implies a pre-existence of the soul in some form.
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germen: here, "origin, seed."
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strepitis: here transitive: "why do you bleat on about family and forefathers?"
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degener: literally, "unlike its own genus," hence "base, degenerate."
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uitiis: ablative of means.