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The Aeneid
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  • The good Aeneas, paternal care Iulus’ absence could no longer bear, Dispatch’d Achates to the ships in haste, To give a glad relation of the past, And, fraught with precious gifts, to bring the boy, Snatch’d from the ruins of unhappy Troy: A robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire; An upper vest, once Helen’s rich attire, From Argos by the fam’d adultress brought, With golden flow’rs and winding foliage wrought, Her mother Leda’s present, when she came To ruin Troy and set the world onů
  • Aeneas then advanc’d amidst the train, By thousands follow’d thro’ the flow’ry plain, To great Anchises’ tomb; which when he found, He pour’d to Bacchus, on the hallow’d ground, Two bowls of sparkling wine, of milk two more, And two (from offer’d bulls) of purple gore, With roses then the sepulcher he strow’d And thus his father’s ghost bespoke aloud: "Hail, O ye holy manes! hail again, Paternal ashes, now review’d in vain!

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as in: paternal grandmother Define
relating to a father; or characteristic of fathers
as in: paternal attitude Define
kindness and concern like that of a father -- sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
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