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Gildersleeve & Lodge, Latin grammar, section 254.2 (in the discussion of the indicative mood) states: The Impf. as the Tense of Disappointment is sometimes used in these verbs [= verbs that denote possibility and power, obligation and necessity, and also other expressions of the same, such as the passive periphrastic] to denote opposition to a present ...


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I suspect you're more interested in the punctuation in Classical Latin rather than Ovid's mss per se and their transmission. With Ovid, we don’t have anything extant really until the High Middle Ages anyway, e.g. https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/11403193 However, we do have a much earlier manuscript of Virgil’s Aeneas and Georgica (fragmentary, ...


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