Aeneid XI 863 manibus iam tangeret aequīs

Cinefactus

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It is obviously a day for it!
et aurātā volucrem Thrēïssa sagittam
dēprōmpsit pharetrā cornūque īnfēnsa tetendit
et dūxit longē, dōnec curvāta coīrent
inter sē capita et manibus iam tangeret aequīs,

What sense can we make from tangeret manibus aequis? When shooting you would have one arm outstretched and the other bent at the elbow, or does he mean that she stretched it so far that both arms were outstretched? The latter doesn't sound like a very accurate position for shooting.
 

Cinefactus

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Not to mention that this wouldn't fit with the next line:
laevā aciem ferrī, dextrā nervōque papillam.
 

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What sense can we make from tangeret manibus aequis? When shooting you would have one arm outstretched and the other bent at the elbow
I don't see how that runs against the idea of the lines ... both of her hands had to endure the same amount of tension: Her left hand was holding the bow while her right hand stretched the bowstring all the way back to her breast (or to what was left of it).
 

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(left in the sense of what remained)
 
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