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Canities — what’s that?

By December 16, 2015February 4th, 2021No Comments
If I were an animal, I would probably be a hoary fox; cf. Archilocus' fox-hedgehog distinction

If I were an animal, I would probably be a hoary fox; cf. Archilocus’ fox-hedgehog distinction

The domain name for this site is derived from the Latin word canities, meaning ‘a grey colour, grayish-white, hoariness’. Like a hoary fox.

According to Lewis’ Elementary Latin Dictionary (1890), Virgil used it occasionally as a metaphor for ‘old age’ (Aeneid, 10.549) I cannot find the exact locus right now. Anyone who can help?

Thanks to my good colleague and friend, classical philologist Kirsten Jungersen, for help in finding a fitting domain name.

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Posted on Facebook 16 December 2015, this text generated one comment only:

Kenneth L. Caneva: Oxford Latin Dictionary provides the Vergil reference: Aeneid, 10.549.

Thomas Söderqvist: Great, I found it: “dixerat ille aliquid magnum vimque adfore verbo crediderat caeloque animum fortasse ferebat canitiemque sibi et longos promiserat annos” (P. Vergilius Maro 10.547-49).

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