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arida. Apulia was famed for a degree of heat and drought ( Hor. Epod.III. 16), which has always necessitated the removal of the flocks during the summer months to Samnium. One cause of this was the prevalence of the parching east wind called Atabulus ( Hor. Sat.I. v. 78), the modern Altino, but the want of water is mainly due to the calcareous nature of the soil. Except in a narrow belt along the coast, the population was in ancient times, as it is now, very scanty, and land was proverbially cheap. See Mayor on Juv.iv. 27.
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