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Commentary Cons. Phil. Book 3 Metrum 6

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.

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