In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Hippolyte Menshikov <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes
I would imagine that the main point, then, is not that these place names denote locations inhabited by barbarians, but that they all point to places far away (and ones that would have seemed pretty uninhabitable to an Italian of the time).
I meant that his extremities of the earth cannot be within the Empire, for then they would be semi-tolerable places for his exile. I am not sure that an Italian would have thought of the Orient as uninhabitable; after all Alexander had founded cities there. But it was certainly so far away that Vergil was shaky on the geographical detail; I take the portmanteau to be sheer confusion as in Shakespeare. (Roman poets did not need to pass examinations in geography, and all too often it shows.)

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