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[825] ἀφνειοί: because of the welltilled farms, acc. to Strabo. — “πίνοντες κτλ”.: this expression was often imitated; cf. “τᾶς” (“Θήβας”) “ἐρατεινὸν ὕδωρ πίομαι” Pind. Ol. vi. 85, extremum Tanain si biberes, Lyce Hor. Carm. iii. 10. 1, non qui profundum Danubium bibunt | edicta rumpent Iulia id. iv. 15. 21 f., exsul | aut Ararim Parthus bibet, aut Germania Tigrim Verg. Ecl. i. 62 f.

μέλαν: this epith. is applied to springs and rivers, as well as to the sea, when the surface is disturbed by breezes in such a way as to prevent a clear reflection of the sun's light.

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