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[5] ἀστέρι κτλ.: i.e. “Σείριος” or the Dogstar. cf. 22.26 ff., where it is called “κύν᾽ Ὠρίωνος”. Its ‘heliacal rising,’ about the middle of July, marked the height of “ὀπώρα”. The fruit season naturally comes much earlier in Greece than in the northern states of America or in England. Homer seems to know primarily but three seasons, — “ἐάρ” (from about the middle of February), “ὀπώρη” (from about the summer solstice), and “χειμών” (from the latter part of October). Summer, in contrast to winter, is called “θέρος”, and sometimes “θέρος” may be the early summer and “ὀπώρη” the late summer. Of course, the bounds of the seasons were not definitely fixed. Aeschylus speaks of ‘winter,’ ‘flowery spring,’ and ‘fruitful summer’ (“θέρος”), Prom. 454 ff.

ὀπωρινῷ: cf. (“ἀστέρι”) “ὅς ῥά τ᾽ ὀπώρης εἶσιν Χ” 27.

ὅς τε: “when it.”

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