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  • Yemen (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #39417)
    Pleiades_icon Saba unknown Geocontext: central and E Yemen
    Description: An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 4 B3 Saba


Text #6448

"The Life of Antoninus Pius ", in Scriptores Historiae Augustae, edited by Goold, G. P., translated by Magie, David
[Ch. 9 Verse 4 p. 123]



There was seen, moreover, in Arabia, a crested serpent larger than the usual size, which ate itself from the tail to the middle; and also in Arabia there was a pestilence1, while in Moesia barley sprouted from the tops of trees.

  1. An inscription found in Yemen attests that an important epidemic hit Wādī Qaran in 155-156. See Robin. "Guerre et épidémie dans les royaumes d'Arabie du Sud, d'après une inscription datée (IIe s. de l'ère chrétienne)". Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres [nE]

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