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dicta . . . vultus, ‘after exchange of greeting assumed a look of pleasure.’ Expansion of the countenance was a sign of pleasure, as contraction (contrahere) of the reverse; cf. III. 318, Iovem . . . diffusum nectare, Theb.II. 213, diffuderat Argos exspectata dies.

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