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contrahere," making it clear that remarriage after divorce is impossible to bring about, not only wrong to attempt.
Since both illa and eam clearly refer to Meroe, Magnaldi argues that Meroe must also be the object of contraho: Apuleius has here wittily used contrahere illam (annosam et pestilentem) instead of the expressions contrahere matrimonium and contrahere pestilentiam 'Meroe, infatti, e annosa come un matrimonio e pestilente come una pestilenza'.
51) "Redditus insuper et proventes a Christianis arrendare et colligere ac cum Christianis societatem in bonis contrahere.