CHAP. 10.—WATERS WHICH COLOUR THE HUMAN BODY.
And not only this, but human beings even, Theophrastus
tells us, are sensible of this difference: for persons who drink
the water of the Sybaris, he says, become more swarthy and
more hardy, the hair inclining to curl: while those, again,
who drink of the Crathis become fair and more soft-skinned,
with the hair growing straight and long. So, too, in Macedonia, persons who wish the produce to be white, drive their
cattle to the river Haliacmon, while those who desire a black
or tawny colour, take them to water at the Axius. Upon the
same authority, too, we learn that in certain localities, as in
the country of the Messapii, for instance, all the productions,
the cereals even, grow of a tawny colour; and that at Lusi,1
in Arcadia, there is a certain fountain in which land-mice
live and dwell. The river Aleos, which passes through Erythræ, promotes the growth of hair upon the body.