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One should also hear the words of the ancient historians, as, for example, those of Xanthus, who wrote the history of Lydia, when he relates the strange changes that this country often underwent, to which I have already referred somewhere in a former part of my work.1 And in fact they make this the setting of the mythical story of the Arimi and of the throes of Typhon, calling it the Catacecaumene2 country. Also, they do not hesitate to suspect that the parts of the country between the Maeander River and the Lydians are all of this nature, as well on account of the number of the lakes and rivers as on account of the numerous hollows in the earth. And the lake3 between Laodiceia and Apameia, although like a sea,4 emits an eflluvium that is filthy and of subterranean origin. And they say that lawsuits are brought against the god Maeander for altering the boundaries of the countries on his banks, that is, when the projecting elbows of land are swept away by him; and that when he is convicted the fines are paid from the tolls collected at the ferries.

1 1. 3. 4.

2 Cp. 13. 4. 11.

3 Now called Chardak Ghieul.

4 i.e., in size and depth.

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