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Lost LABYRINTH Of Egypt Scanned

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« on: September 28, 2008, 10:03:31 am »

Pomponius Mela (1st century CE): One passage in his chorographia, Book I, 9, 56.

"The building of Psammetich, the Labyrinth, includes within the circuit of one unbroken wall 1000 houses and 12 palaces, and is built of marble as well as being roofed with the same material.

It has one descending way into it, and contains within almost innumerable paths, which have many convolutions twisting hither and thither.

These paths, however, cause great perplexity both because of their continual winding and because of their porticoes which often reverse their direction, continually running through one circle after another and continually turning and retracing their steps as far as they have gone forwards with the result that the Labyrinth is fraught with confusion by reason of its perpetual meandering, though it is possible to extricate oneself.
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