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‘And fond of life, and more than ever in their last days’ (not, ‘their very latest day’. Victorius ad c. 12. 8, τῇ πρώτῃ ἡμέρᾳ. So also Bentley, in note on A. P. 172, translates, ‘sub supremo vitae die’), ‘because all desire is of the absent, and therefore what they (most) want (are deficient in), that they most desire’. Orelli, on Hor. A. P. 170—178, compares φιλόζωοι with avidus futuri, which he retains; (also Bentley, on verse 172). He also quotes Soph. Fragm. 64 (Dind.), τοῦ ζῇν γὰρ οὐδεὶς ὡς ὁ γηράσκων ἐρᾷ.
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