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Ktesias, he says, informs us that in Ethiopia there is a fountain whose waters are red like cinnabar, and make those who drink them mad.
(G) From the wort of Sdtifln.
Ktesias relates that in Ethiopia there is a fountain of water resembling cinnabar in colour which deprives those who drink it of their reason, so that they confess all the misdeeds which they have secretly committed.
(H) Pliny, XXXI, 2.
In drinking this water due moderation must be observed lest it make you mad like those persons who drink of that red fountain in Ethiopia whereof Ktesias writes.
Proverb, XX, 6.10' A swine among the roses, a proverb applied by Krates to the intractable and uneducated.
Ktesias asserts that the swine is not bred in India, either the wild or the tame kind, and he somewhere mentions that the sheep have tails a cubit in breadth.
Onesikritus says that in those parts of India where no shadows are cast there are men who are 5 cubits and 2 palms in stature and who 107 This is given as frag.
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live 130 years without becoming old, for if they die then they are cut off as it were in mid-life.
Krates of Pergamus calls the Indians who live over a hundred years Gymnetae, but many writers call them Makrobii.
Ktesias asserts that a tribe of them called Pandarae inhabiting the valleys live for 200 years, and have in their youth white hair, which turns black when they grow old.
Writers on India inform us that that country produces many drugs, and is astonishingly prolific of those plants that yield them.
Many of these drugs are medicinal and cure snake-bites, which are so dangerous to life, but others are deleterious and quickly destroy life.
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