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Scroll from a Legionnaire - Hierapolis AD 129

Translated from the Latin!

sunny 28 °C

Dearest Mater

I am sending this scroll to inform you of the wondrous and magical sights I have witnessed in the eastern provinces of the great and all powerful Empire of Rome. I am escorting our esteemed and fearless leader, Emperor Hadrian, and we have arrived in the city of Hierapolis. One hundred thousand citizens cheered us through the great gate and along the wide paved streets as we made our grand entrance...
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The streets are lined with soaring colonnades and all manner of magical fountains from which spurt never-ending streams of pure hot water and the theatre soars high into the sky above us...
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And then, and this is truly the work of the Great God Neptune, pure hot water pours from the earth all around us. But by some magic, which can only be understood by soothsayers and the gods themselves, the hot water freezes the earth and turns it into marble as pure as freshly fallen snow...
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Wave after wave of this hot water freezes the landscape to the edge of the precipice and then turns the very mountain into virginal marble finer than any to be quarried in Carrara...
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It is claimed by the inhabitants that this water has great curative powers for all manner of ailments, but judging by the number of sarcophagi here I fear that it will only hasten my demise. I will therefore just look at this incredible landscape and give thanks to Neptune...

Your son, Maximus

Posted by Hawkson 09:25 Archived in Turkey Tagged pamukkale_waterfalls_travertine

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This is my favorite entry so far. Keep up the good work.

by Terri and Paul

Did you go for a curative dip??
the weather is turning ugly in Ontario
envy plus
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by pat Goodeve

A brilliant post. Of course I love them all. Thanks for taking us with you on this journey.
Trudy

by Trudy

Oh what joy to read your travel blog.
It like being there with you, wish I was
Christine

by Christine Lloyd

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