l the writers of barbarian histories make mention of this flood,
and of this ark; among whom is Berosus the Chaldean. For when he is describing
the circumstances of the flood, he goes on thus: "It is said there
is still some part of this ship in Armenia, at the mountain of the Cordyaeans;
and that some people carry off pieces of the bitumen, which they take away,
and use chiefly as amulets for the averting of mischiefs." Hieronymus
the Egyptian also, who wrote the Phoenician Antiquities, and Mnaseas, and
a great many more, make mention of the same. Nay, Nicolaus of Damascus,
in his ninety-sixth book, hath a particular relation about them; where
he speaks thus: "There is a great mountain in Armenia,
over Minyas, called Baris, upon which it is reported that many who fled
at the time of the Deluge were saved; and that one who was carried in an
ark came on shore upon the top of it; and that the remains of the timber
were a great while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses the
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ustus, she suspended her project, in the hope, perhaps, that accident or disease might operate in its favour; but when the natural term of her constitution had put a period to her hopes of progeny, and when the grandsons of the emperor were risen to the years of manhood, and had been adopted by him, she began to carry into execution what she long had meditated.
The first object devoted to destruction was C. Caesar Agrippa, the eldest of Augustus's grandsons.
This promising youth was sent to Armenia, upon an expedition against the Persians; and Lollius, who had been his governor, either accompanied him thither from Rome, or met him in the East, where he had obtained some appointment.
From the hand of this traitor, perhaps under the pretext of exercising the authority of a preceptor, but in reality instigated by Livia, the young prince received a fatal blow, of which he died some time after.
The manner of Caius's death seems to have been carefully kept from the knowledge of Augustus, wh