Frigidus annus, the cold part of the year, as “pomifer annus” Hor. 3 Od. 23. 8 is the fruit-bearing part of the year, “annus hibernus” Id. Epod. 2. 29 the wintry part of the year (both comp. by Forb.). So “formosissimus annus” E. 3. 57. Burm. reads ‘amnis’ from a few inferior MSS., interpreting it of the Strymon, as in Lucan 3. 199 we have “Strymon tepido committere Nilo Bistonias consuetus aves,” but, as Heyne remarks, ‘amnis’ alone would be obscure, especially as the correlative is ‘terris,’ not any equivalent of ‘Nilo.’
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