Category Archives: Europe

The pagan temple in Uppsala

The Swedes have a very famous temple called Uppsala, situated not far from the cities of Sigtuna and Björkö. In this temple, entirely decked out in gold, the people worship the statues of three gods in such a wise that … Continue reading

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Magicians among the Lapps

Their (of the Lapps) intolerable ungodliness will hardly seem credible nor how much devilish superstition they exercise in the art of magic. For some of them are revered as soothsayers by the foolish multitude because whenever asked they can employ … Continue reading

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the Lapps

Bordering the length of Norway is a vast wasteland, separating it from the pagan peoples. This waste is lived in by Lapps and by the wild animals whose flesh they eat half-raw and whose skins they wear. They are indeed … Continue reading

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Sailing the unknown northern seas

The deepest stretch of northern sea is found there (*), with a Charybdis and Scylla and whirlpools from which there is no escape; and there are frozen headlands which 3 send headlong into the sea immense icebergs, which are increased … Continue reading

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Abundance of sea fauna

Although the interior of Turdetania (1) is so productive, it will be found that the seaboard vies with it in its goodly products from the sea. For the various kinds of oysters as well as mussels are in general surpassing, … Continue reading

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Fauna in Turdetania

Turdetania (*) also has a great abundance of cattle of all kinds, and of game. But there are scarcely any destructive animals, except the burrowing hares, by some called “peelers”; for they damage both plants and seeds by eating the … Continue reading

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Marvellous spectacles in Rome

I saw a theatre that rose skyward on interwoven beams and almost looked down on the summit of the Capitoline (1). Passing up the steps and slopes of gentle incline, we came to the seats, where in dingy garments the poorer … Continue reading

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The flowers of Hipponium

Later on, the Brettii were in possession of Hipponium, but the Romans took it away from them and changed its name to Vibo Valentia. And because the country round about Hipponium has luxuriant meadows abounding in flowers, people have believed … Continue reading

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Legends of the Netherworld

Contiguous to Baiae is Gulf Lucrinus, and also, behind this gulf, Gulf Avernus. […] The people prior to my time were wont to make Avernus the setting of the fabulous story of the Homeric “Necyia” (1); and, what is more, … Continue reading

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A temple with a barbaric element

After Mt. Albanus comes Aricia, a city on the Appian Way; it is one hundred and sixty stadia distant from Rome. Aricia lies in a hollow, but for all that it has a naturally strong citadel. […] The temple of … Continue reading

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