Face with striae that depart radially from the clipeus
towards the antennal foveae, surface between them smooth, around the compound eyes coriaceous.
Aristotle in the Poetics (1447b 17-20) denies that Empedocles is a poet in anything but metre, but it may well be that the example is chosen polemically, because many did hold that he was outstanding as a poet as well as a philosopher; Diogenes Laertius (8.57) reports that in Aristotle's On Poets it was said that Empedocles was [GREEK TEXT OMITTED] and [GREEK TEXT OMITTED];(18) Ovid may preserve an Empedoclean metaphor in the description of the sun as (15.192) 'ipse dei clipeus
' (the surviving fragments of Empedocles bear out Aristotle's statement that he liked to use striking metaphors).(19) Empedoclcan influence has been traced in Aeschylus, as well as Apollonius of Rhodes;(20) the Latin poet most indebted to Empedocles is of course Lucretius.
ii.351): in Capitotio fuit clipeus
consecratus, cui inscriptum erat |genio urb Romae, sive mas, sivefemina' et pontifices ita precabantur: |Iuppiter optime maxime sive quo alio nomine te appellari volueris.' nam et ipse (Verg.
Aeneas, then, is not simply dedicating enemy spoils; he rather precisely matches the Greek hero in question by affixing this clipeus
to a deity's temple.