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Ὑπερβόρεοι, lit. “dwellers beyond the north wind”). A people of Greek legend, whose existence was denied by some of the ancients, while others endeavoured to define their position more precisely. They were said to dwell far in the North, where the sun rose and set only once a year—a fancy due, perhaps, to some dim report of the long arctic summer day. The fruits of the earth ripened quickly with them; they lived in unbroken happiness, knowing no violence or strife, and reached the age of a thousand years; any who were weary of life casting themselves from a sacred rock into the sea. The myth is connected with the worship of the god of light, Apollo, who during the dark winter was supposed to visit them, as his priestly people, in a chariot drawn by swans; returning to Delphi for the summer. There was a tradition in Delos that in earlier times they used to send to that island the first-fruits of their harvests by way of Dodona, Thessaly, and Euboea.

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