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M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 2, line 526 (search)
o, happier far than Sulla, drave to death From B.C. 66 to B.C. 63, Pompeius conquered Mithridates, Syria, and the East, except Parthia. ' That king who, exiled to the deep recess ' Of Scythian Pontus, held the fates of Rome ' Still in the balances. Where is the land ' That has not seen my trophies? Icy waves ' Of northern Phasis, hot Egyptian shores, ' And where Syene 'neath its noontide sun ' Knows shade on neither hand: Being (as was supposed) exactly under the Equator. Syene (the modern Assouan) is the town mentioned by the priest of Sais, who told Herodotus that 'between Syene and Elephantine are two hills with conical tops. The name of one of them is Crophi, and of the other, Mophi. Mid-way between them are the fountains of the Nile.' (Herod., II., chapter 28.) And see 'Paradise Regained,' IV., 70: Syene, and where the shadow both way falls, Meroe, Nilotick isle; ... all these have learned ' To fear Pompeius: and far Baetis' Baetis is the Guadalquivir. stream, ' Last of all fl