Novamus is referred by Heyne to the annual repetition. Wagn. rightly explains it of the character of the rite, as newly introduced; as ‘meritos’ and the context show. Comp. 4. 260, “Aenean fundantem arces ac tecta novantem.” ‘Facimus’ has its sacrificial sense, as in E. 3. 77. It is perhaps better taken absolutely than constructed with ‘honores.’
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