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Apollineam urbem. When Latona was about to give birth to Apollo and Diana, and the whole world was closed against her by the jealousy of Juno, she found refuge outside the world in the floating island of Delos. Cf. VI. 188-91. “nec caelo nec humo nec aquis dea vestra recepta est: exsul erat mundi, donec miserata vagantem ‘hospita tu terris erras, ego’ dixit ‘in undis’ instabilemque locum Delos dedit.” The island was made secure either to two neighbouring islands ( Virg. Aen.III. 76), or to the bottom of the sea (whence it gained a supposed immunity from earthquakes, of which only two were recorded as felt in it), and became a chief seat of the worship of Apollo. Ruins of the great temple still exist, as well as fragments of the colossal statue dedicated by the Naxians. The town was at the foot of Mt. Cynthus, which probably served as acropolis. There is a similar account of a visit to Delos in Her.XXI. 91-102.
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