We might have expected “prima,” agreeing with ‘caussa:’ but Virg. seems to have mixed up two expressions, ‘that day was the first day of ruin,’ and ‘that day was the cause of ruin.’ ‘Malorum’ is perhaps a little weak after the stronger word ‘leti,’ but that is no reason for suspecting the reading. Pal. a m. p. and Philarg. on G. 2. 168 have ‘laborum,’ probably, as Ribbeck hints, from 7. 481.
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