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VIRGA. An obsolete word, which signifies a rod or staff, such as sheriffs, bailiffs, and constables carry, as a badge or ensign of their office.

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Proprietas enim est virgae ut ornatus e radice naturaliter, non autem e copulatione aut commixtione nascatur." (Ibid., p.
ille virum ut contra venientem umbrataque vidit tempora Parrhasio patris de more galero paciferaeque manu nequiquam insignia virgae, "heu fuge" ait "certo quicumque es, perdite, passu dum dautr!" (4.134-41) ...
At the end of the poem, Statius wishes to be touched by the god's cacumen virgae, so that to tell the god that Aurora has shown pity on him with her whip is an effective means of eliciting sympathy; the paradox of miserata flagello is all part of this.