Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.9. A Marsh

LCL 256: 34-35


Philostratus: Imagines


(1) Ὕπομβρος μὲν ἡ γῆ, φέρει δὲ κάλαμον καὶ φλοιόν, ἃ δὴ ἄσπαρτα καὶ ἀνήροτα δίδωσιν ἡ τῶν ἑλῶν εὐφυία, καὶ μυρίκη γέγραπται καὶ 25κύπειρον· καὶ γὰρ ταῦτά ἐστι τῶν ἑλῶν. ὄρη δὲ οὐρανομήκη περιβέβληται φύσεως οὐ μιᾶς· τὰ μὲν γὰρ τὴν πίτυν παρεχόμενα λεπτόγεων τιθεῖ, τὰ δὲ κυπαρίττῳ κομῶντα τῆς ἀργιλώδους


Book I. 9

9. A Marsh

The earth is wet and bears reeds and rushes, which the fertile marsh causes to grow “unsown and untilled,”3 and tamarisk and sedge4 are depicted; for these are marsh-plants. The place is encompassed by mountains heaven high, not all of one type; for some that are covered with pine trees suggest a light soil, others luxuriant with cypress trees proclaim that their soil is of clay, and yonder

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_9_marsh.1931