Aeneid VII 568-71

Cinefactus

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Hīc specus horrendum et saevī spīrācula Dītis
mōnstrantur, ruptōque ingēns Acheronte vorāgō
pestiferās aperit faucēs, quīs condīta Erīnys,
invīsum nūmen, terrās caelumque levābat.

I am struggling to make any sense of the last part. Does anyone have an idea? Is it referring to the cave spewing forth sulphurous gases perhaps?
 

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I'm not entirely sure ... I took it that Erinys, the goddess of fury (not sure why he uses singular, since there were 3 ... I suppose the singular just stands for the plural here), is hiding/concealed down there and that by the fact that she's down there and not on earth, heaven and earth are relieved/ at ease/ free from her evil. I suppose there must be a concrete myth behind this, but I don't know any details. I just know that the Furies live down there in the underworld and sometimes come to earth to drive people mad.

The i in condita is short btw.
 

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That would make sense I guess. When she is hidden in it, she relieves the upper world by her absence.
 
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