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Nasamonitis is a blood-red stone, marked with black veins. Nebritis, a stone sacred to Father Liber,1 has received its name from its resemblance to a nebris.2 There is also another stone of this kind, that is black. Nipparene3 bears the name of a city and people of Persia, and resembles the teeth of the hippopotamus.

1 Bacchus.

2 A Greek word, signifying the skin of a fawn or deer, as worn by the Bacchanals in the celebration of their orgies. Ajasson is of opinion that this was a mottled quartz or agate, similar to those mentioned as resembling the spots of the lion, in Chapter 54, the Leontios and Pardalios of Chapter 73.

3 This reading is doubtful.

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