As a sort of followup to Are "-que" and "et" equivalent?, I'd like to know if this would be considered a valid construction (in ):

Arma virum navesque cano

(modified version of Virgil's Aeneid, I.1)

Are there any examples of classical Latin authors 'stringing together' more than two objects with a single -que suffix? If so, is this the correct way to form it?


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Yes, this is acceptable practice. Allen and Greenough cite three examples from Cicero in §323:

voce voltu motuque (Brut. 110), by voice, expression, and gesture.

curam consilium vigilantiamque (Phil. vii. 20), care, wisdom, and vigilance.

quorum auctoritatem dignitatem voluntatemque defenderas (Fam. i. 7. 2), whose dignity, honor, and wishes you had defended.

That's Cicero's Brutus de Claris Oratoribus, Philippicae, and ad Familiares.

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