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48r (SM volume 39)


48r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) wc grow more numerous under the Shelter of / the Hills, these are all of lime stone form / the ancient Coast of the Sea which extended / hither & furnish the materials for the / great Road, North of Capua; the ploughs / of the most simple structure such as / described by Virgil, seldom shod & drawn / by two Oxen which are all most universally / white or Grey - Quy if the waters of the / Volturnus be of the same quality with that / of the Clitumnus mentioned by Virgil / (added later) Hinc (from this place) Albi (white) Clitumne (River Clitumnus) Greges (flocks of goats and sheep) ['et maxima Taurus' - and great oxen] (from Virgil's Georgics, 2.146-8, where he writes of the white oxen reared in the valley of the Clitumnus). / NB. The diagonal distance between ^the foot of Naples & / That of Vesuvius very remarkable & seems to / magnify the space, the same is observable between / Ischia & Procita (Procida), & if possible more remarkable / - the distinction between Somma & Vesuvius



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