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Athenaeus of Naucratis / The deipnosophists, or, Banquet of the learned of Athenæus
volume II (1854)

Book VIII,   pp. [unnumbered]-576

1. POCLTBIUS the Megalopolitan, speaking of the great hap- 
piness which exists in Lusitania (and that is a district of 
Iberia, which the Romans now call Spania), 0 most excellent 
Timocrates, in the thirty-fourth book of his Histories, says 
that in that country, on account of the excellent temperature 
of the air, both animals and men are exceedingly prolific; and 
the fruits, too, in that country never degenerate. " For there 
are roses there, and white violets, and asparagus, and other 
flowers and fruits like them, which last nine months in the 
year; and as for sea-fish, both in abundance, and in excel- 
lence, and in beauty, it is very superior to that produced in 
our seas. And a siclus (this is equal to a medimnus) of barley 
costs only a drachma; and one of wheat costs nine Alexan- 
drian obols; and a measure -of wine costs a drachma; and a 
moderate-sized kid costs an obol, and so does a hare. And of 
lambs, the price is three or four obols; and a fat pig, weigh- 
ing a hundred mime, costs five drachmre; and a sheep costs 
two. And a talent weight of figs costs three obols; and a calf 
costs five drachm,-e, and a draught-ox ten. And the meat of 
wild animals is scarcely ever valued at any price at all; but 
people throw that in to purchasers into the bargain, or as a 
present." But to us, whenever we sup with our excellent 
friend Laurentius, he makes Rome another Lusitania,-filling 
us with every sort of good thing every day, receiving us in 
a most princely manner with the greatest liberality, while 
we bring nothing from honre as our contribution, except our 

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