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CHAP. 25.—THE VIRGIN WATERS.

It was he, too, who brought the Virgin1 Waters from the bye-road situate at the eighth milestone from the City, which runs for two miles along the Prænestine Way. Near these waters is the stream of Hercules, which the former shun, to all appearance, and have thence obtained2 the name of "Virgin Waters." On instituting a comparison between the waters of these streams, the difference above-mentioned3 may be immediately detected, the Virgin water being as much cooler to the touch, as the Marcian water is in taste. And yet, for this long time past, the pleasure of drinking these waters has been lost to the City, owing to the ambition and avarice of certain persons who have turned4 them out of their course for the supply of their country-seats and of various places in the suburbs, to the great detriment of the public health.

1 "Aqua Virgo." This aquednet, erected A.U.C. 735, still exists, and bears the name of "Aqua Vergine."

2 Another story was, that it had this name from the circumstance that the spring was first pointed out by a girl to some soldiers in search of water.

3 In C. 23 of this Book.

4 This was only temporarily, in all probability.

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