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opaca crepuscula, not the twilight of evening but the ‘darkness visible’ of the cavern opening upon the lake of Avernus, and subsequently of the woods with which in early time the sides of the crater were covered, just as Virgil says of Aeneas and the Sibyl, when they enter the cavern at early dawn ( Aen.VI. 255), ibant obscuri sola sub nocte per umbram (ib. 268), which he proceeds to explain by the comparison of earthly night (ib. 270-5).
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