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[150] Diversi of persons 9. 416. Comp. v. 132 above. Three parties are sent out, as this and the following line show. With ‘haec fontis stagna’ &c. comp. 2. 29, “Hic Dolopum manus” &c. There seems to be no means of choosing between ‘Numicî’ and ‘Numici,’ both the forms ‘Numicius’ and ‘Numicus’ (Sil. 8. 179) being found: Sil. however may have altered the form to suit his metre. The position of the Numicius is much disputed (v. Heyne Excurs. 3 on this book, with Wagn.'s additions). Westphal and Bunbury, approved by Mr. Long, identify it with Rio Torto (see Dict. G. ‘Numicius’): others apparently make it the Rio di Turno, a smaller stream in the same neighbourhood, near Lavinium, Wagn. believes the ‘fontis stagna Numici’ to be the Stagno di Levante, not far from the ancient channel of the Tiber, partly on the strength of vv. 241, 747, where the Tiber and Numicius are mentioned together, a conjunction which may be explained by the historical connexion, without supposing immediate local proximity. It was in the Numicius that Aeneas ultimately perished in his war with the Rutuli, and on it was his shrine or tomb (Livy 1. 2); which again is in favour of a stream near Lavinium as against one close to the Tiber.

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