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But all these things, singular as they are, are rendered credible by a marvel which exceeds them all, at the time of the inundation of the Nile; for, the moment that it subsides, little mice1 are found, the first rudiments of which have been formed by the generative powers of the waters and the earth: in one part of the body they are already alive, while in that which is of later formation, they are still composed of earth.

1 Pomponius Mela, B. i. c. 9., and Ovid, Met. B. i. 1. 422, et seq., tell the same story, which, however, has no truth in it whatever.

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