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The Aeneid
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  • He from the gods this dreadful answer brought: "O Grecians, when the Trojan shores you sought, Your passage with a virgin’s blood was bought: So must your safe return be bought again, And Grecian blood once more atone the main."
  • Let her care The solemn rites of sacrifice prepare; The sheep, and all th’ atoning off’rings bring, Sprinkling her body from the crystal spring With living drops; then let her come, and thou With sacred fillets bind thy hoary brow.
  • Four ships alone Burn to the waist, and for the fleet atone.
  • Then, fearing guilt for some offense unknown, With pray’rs and vows the Dryads I atone, With all the sisters of the woods, and most The God of Arms, who rules the Thracian coast, That they, or he, these omens would avert, Release our fears, and better signs impart.
  • O more than madmen! you yourselves shall bear The guilt of blood and sacrilegious war: Thou, Turnus, shalt atone it by thy fate, And pray to Heav’n for peace, but pray too late.
  • ’T is just that I should vindicate alone The broken truce, or for the breach atone.
  • My will’s the same: fair goddess, fear no more, Your fleet shall safely gain the Latian shore; Their lives are giv’n; one destin’d head alone Shall perish, and for multitudes atone."

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  • To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
  • Approved forms of faith, practice, and conduct were laid down as consistent with orthodoxy, and deviation from these standards had to be confessed and atoned for by a prescribed form of penance.
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  -- 05/20/06)

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