First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

Secundus, an Athenian philosopher, was held in honor at this time. He led a Pythagorean life, being always silent. The reason of his silence was this: Once upon a time he indecently proposed intercourse to his own mother, and not knowing him to be her own son, she consented. When she learned that he was her own son, she died of shame. When Secundus noted this, he set himself a penance, never to talk to anyone again. When information of this reached the emperor Hadrian, then at Athens, he summoned Secundus; but as he could not move him with greetings, admonitions and threats, and could not induce him to forego his resolution of silence, yet wished him to answer his questions, he requested him to answer them manually. Therefore he asked him, What is God? And in answer Secundus wrote: God is an immortal being, of a stature beyond our ability to comprehend, of many forms, a manifold spirit, an unconceivable omniscience, an unexpressible light, and the highest good. There were also many other problems proposed by Hadrian to the philospher.

The last sentence in this paragraph is not in the German edition of the Chronicle.

Tiburtina, a city of the Latin district, to this day still called ancient Tibur, was at this time (as Aelius (Helius) Spartianus the historian states) built up on a wonderful scale through the Emperor Hadrian, rising from a village to a city. It lies 16,000 paces from Rome on the River Anio, in a low, uneven region. This city, as Strabo and Virgil would have it, had a Greek origin and aspect, long before Rome came into being. Some say its original founder was Tiburtus, brother of Corax and Catillus; for these same brothers were Thebans, who after the dispersion of the Thebans were born to their father in Italy. And afterwards they built the city in their name. Of this there is evidence in the nearby mountain, to this day called Catillus. And so the second brother Corax built another city among the Volsci. This city of Tiburtina was at one time a noble one. The ruins of great and mighty buildings still to be seen in the vicinity of this ancient city testify to its existence and past renown. In the same region is quarried the strong Tiburtine stone, so useful in the building and preservation of the city of Rome. The Emperor Frederick, surnamed Barbarossa, restored this city after it was destroyed by the Germans (Theotonicis). And so, afterwards, many popes and cardinals enlarged this same city and rendered it illustrious with many structures. From this city, the Roman Pope Simplicius and other men highly renowned for their ability and worthiness had their origin.[Tibur (Tiburtinus, now Tivoli) here called Tiburtina, was one of the most ancient cities of Latium, and located sixteen miles northeast of Rome on the slope of a hill on the left bank of the Anio, which here forms a magnificent waterfall. It is said to have been originally built by the Siculi, and to have afterward passed into the possession of the Aborigines and Pelasgi. According to tradition it derived its name from Tiburtus, a son of Catillus, who emigrated from Greece with Evander. It was afterward one of the chief towns of the Latin league, and became subject to Rome with the other Latin cities in 338 BCE. Under the Romans Tibur continued to be a large and flourishing town, since the beautiful scenery of the place led many of the most distinguished Roman nobles to build magnificent villas there, among the most splendid, that of Hadrian.]