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At many of the country-seats belonging to the Emperor the fish eat1 from the hand: but the stories of this nature, told with such admiration by the ancients, bear reference to lakes formed by Nature, and not to fish-preserves; that at Elorus, a fortified place in Sicily, for instance, not far from Syracuse. In the fountain, too, of Jupiter, at Labranda,2 there are eels which eat from the hand, and wear ear-rings,3 it is said. The same, too, at Chios, near the Old Men's Temple4 there; and at the Fountain of Chabura in Mesopotamia, already mentioned.5

1 Martial, B. iv. Ep. 30, speaks of this being the case at the fishponds of Baiæ, where the Emperor's fish were in the habit of making their appearance when called by name.

2 A village of Caria, celebrated for its sanctuary of Zeus Stratios. Ælian, Hist. Anim. B. xii. c. 30, says that there was a spring of clear water, within the sanctuary, which contained fish with golden necklaces and rings.

3 "Inaures." He probably means ornaments suspended from the gills, a thing which, in the case of eels, might be done.

4 "Senum delubrum." Ælian speaks of tame fish in the Old Men's Harbour (λιμὴν) at Chios.

5 In B. xxxi. c. 22.

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