Edward Courtney (ed.), The Fragmentary Latin Poets

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a quo genere hominum Caeciliae familiae cognomen putat (putatur Paulus) ductum.

'Batmen and thralls, drudges and money-grubbers' Warmington; a list of camp-followers. The high book-number arouses wide spread and merited scepticism. The Notae Tironianae produce a form metalles (TLL s.v.) formed after satelles, but metelli is confirmed by glosses. If putat is right, either the name of an authority has dropped out or Accius himself used the etymology.

   The interest of this fragment lies in the lengthening metelliquē. With a repeated τε‎ Homer often lengthens one, but only in circumstances where that is consistent with his general principles of prosody, namely before two consonants (including mute and liquid) or a liquid or σ‎; exactly the same restrictions, though they do not fit Latin prosody, are observed by Vergil when he lengthens quē. Alexandrian writers however, whether through inadvertence or as a deliberate extension, do not observe these restrictions; Callim. Hymn 1. 36 Στύγα τε̄ Φιλύρην τε‎, Rhianus 54. 2 Powell χείματα τε̄ ποίας τε‎; and Accius follows their lead.

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