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Subject:Vergil Repeats Himself
Time:10:46 am
1.) Eclogues 4.48-52:

Adgredere o magnos (aderit iam tempus) honores,
cara deum suboles, magnum Iovis incrementum!
Aspice convexo nutantem pondere mundum,
terrasque tractusque maris caelumque profundum;
aspice, venturo laetentur ut omnia saeclo!

2.) Georgics 4.219-227:

His quidam signis atque haec exempla secuti
esse apibus partem divinae mentis et haustus
aetherios dixere; deum namque ire per omnes
terrasque tractusque maris caelumque profundum.
Hinc pecudes, armenta, viros, genus omne ferarum,
quemque sibi tenues nascentem arcessere vitas;
scilicet huc reddi deinde ac resoluta referri
omnia nec morti esse locum, sed viva volare
sideris in numerum atque alto succedere caelo.

I'm sure he did this more often than just once. Is there a list of all his self-quotes? (Or do you happen to know other examples?)

EDIT: Apparently there's an old (1881) Hermes article by E. Albrecht "Wiederholte Verse und Verstheile bei Vergil". I'll try to find that.
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leopold_paula_b
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Time:2013-07-03 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you! I knew the story about the laudes Galli, but had forgotten.

I'm glad that we've got the Aristaeus-Orpheus passage now, because it's wonderful (and Gallus is praised in the equally wonderful Eclogue X anyway). Also I agree with you that the doublets don't prove much. Do they mean that Vergil used those lines twice because he was too lazy to write something new to replace the laudes? That certainly doesn't fit into my picture of him.
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falmouthroad
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Time:2013-07-04 02:27 pm (UTC)
'Do they mean that Vergil used those lines twice because he was too lazy to write something new to replace the laudes?'

That is more or less the implication, although it's couched more politely! In a similar vein, some adherents of the Laudes Galli testimony have argued that they detect signs of imperfect revision, as if Vergil would not be capable or would not take the care to complete properly a revised edition (although, in fact, there are some interesting oddities about the composition and an intriguing textual oddity at lines 4.290-3 (describing Egypt - i.e. pertinent to Gallus) - they appear in a different order in each of our three oldest texts of Vergil).
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