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Virgil

Name at birth: Publius Vergilius MaroThe most famous poet of ancient Rome, Virgil (or Vergil) wrote the Aeneid, one of the greatest epic poems in human history. Raised on a farm in northern Italy, he…

Aquiline

(3 syl.). Raymond's matchless steed, bred on the banks of the Tagus. (Georgics, iii. 271–277; and Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered, book vii.) (See Horse.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and…

Cymodoce

(4 syl.). A sea nymph and companion of Venus. (Virgil: Georgic, iv. 338; and again, Æneid, v. 826.) The word means “wave-receiving.” The Garden of Cymodoce. Sark, one of t…

Mantuan Swain, Swan

or Bard (The). Virgil, a native of Mantua, in Italy. Besides his great Latin epic, he wrote pastorals and Georgics. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Manucodia…

Heliotrope

(4 syl.). Apollo loved Clytie, but forsook her for her sister Leucothoe. On discovering this, Clytie pined away; and Apollo changed her at death to a flower, which, always turning towards t…

Invisibility

according to fable, may be obtained in a multitude of ways. For example: Albric's cloak, called Tarnkappe (3 syl.), which Siegfried got possession of, rendered him invisible. (Nibelungen L…