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2 For further mention of this island, now Tremiti, see B. iii. c. 30.
3 He alludes, probably, to the "vectigal solarium," a sort of ground- rent which the tributary nations paid to the Roman treasury. Virgil and Homer speak of the shade of the plane-tree, as a pleasant resort for festive parties.
4 It is not improbable that Pliny, in copying from Theophrastus, has here committed an error. That author, B. ix. c. 7, says: ἐν μὲν γὰρ τῷ ᾿αδρία πλάτανον οὐ φασιν εἶναι, πλὴν περὶ τὸ διομήδους ἱερόν: σπανίαν δὲ καὶ ᾿ιταλὶᾳ πάσῃ."They say that in Adria there are no plane-trees, except about the temple of Diomedes: and that they are extremely rare in Italy." Pliny, probably, when his secretary was reading to him, mistook the word σπανίαν, "rare," for ᾿ισπανίᾳ, "in Spain."
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