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ICTIS

ICTIS in Britain, mentioned by Diodorus Siculus (5.22) as an island lying off the coast of the tin districts, and, at low tides, becoming a peninsula, whither the tin was conveyed in waggons. St. Michael's Mount is the suggested locality for Ictis. [p. 2.13]Probably, however, there is a confusion between the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Portland, the Scilly Isles, and the isle just mentioned; since the name is suspiciously like Vectis, the physical conditions being different. This view is confirmed by the text of Pliny (4.30), who writes, “Timaeus historicus a Britannia introrsus sex dierum navigatione abesse dicit insulam Mictim in qua candidum plumbum proveniat; ad eam Britannos vitilibus navigiis corio circumsutis navigare.”

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 4.30
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