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2 Curtius's account (Curtius 4.7.18-19) is more systematic: Ethiopians on the east and west, Trogodytes on the south, Nasamonians on the north. Strabo (Strabo 17.3.20) calls the Nasamonians a Libyan people, and states (Strabo 2.5.33) that they live on the coast near the Syrtes.
3 Curtius 4.7.20-21. For a description of Siwah and its antiquities see Ahmed Fakhry, Siwa Oasis, Its History and Antiquities (1944); The Oasis of Siwa, Its Customs, History and Monuments (1950). The fortress and the shrine of the oracle were on the hill called Aghurmi, never systematically excavated.
4 Curtius' description of the fortress (Curtius 4.7.21) is clearer. The inner walls enclosed the palace; the second, the dwellings of wives, concubines, and children, and the shrine of the oracle; the third, the quarters of the guards.
6 Curtius 4.7.23-24. The god gave his responses by nods and signs, as Callisthenes reported (Strabo 17.1.43), just as did later the Apollo of Hierapolis (Lucian De Dea Syria 36). The temple procedure is quite typical of the Egyptian temples, where the god's image was carried about in a boat-shaped litter or tray.
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