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Margiana is similar to this country, although its plain is surrounded by deserts. Admiring its fertility, Antiochus Soter1 enclosed a circuit of fifteen hundred stadia with a wall and founded a city Antiocheia. The soil of the country is well suited to the vine; at any rate, they say that a stock of the vine is often found which would require two men to girth it,2 and that the bunches of grapes are two cubits.3

1 King of Syria 280-261 B.C.

2 i.e., about ten to eleven feet in circumference.

3 i.e., about three feet; apparently in length not in circumference.

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