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solibus hibernis, ‘than sunny days in winter.’ For this use of soles not merely for ‘days’ but for ‘fine days’ cf. G. I. 393, “ex imbri soles et aperta serena prospicere”. So it is used of ‘days of exposure to sunlight’ as contrasted with the umbra of a studious life, Hor. Epp.IX. ii. 4, “nihil minus aptum arbitramur, cum arma vestra, cum castra, cum denique cornua, tubas, sudorem, pulverem, soles cogitamus”.

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