(Chapter 18) Footnote 48:

As for example the formula “sacred Troy” ( /I)lion i(rh/n), appearing some fifteen times in Homer, and the Virgilian phrase auri sacra fames (Aen. 3.57), usually interpreted “accursed hunger for gold.” Richardson 1998 p. 201 notes that the elder Seneca calls the ocean sacrum quiddam (Suasoriae 1.4.11). See also n. 52 below.