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The garden of stones (1)

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04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

Land of Darkness
3rd century CE
Roman Empire
Helleno-Roman poets

Alexander Romance (pseudo-Callisthenes):
For four months they had not seen the sunlight or moonlight or their own faces, and had not been able to tell the night from the day. They marched on gravel, not knowing what was under their own feet. They tasted and smelled the stones, but because of the darkness they could not tell what they were. Therefore all who had gone to the Land of Darkness were filled with remorse because of those stones. For when they left they discovered that the stones were all precious gems, rubies, and chysolite.

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Alexander Romance (pseudo-Callisthenes)


Horowitz 1998, 102Horowitz, Wayne. Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 1998.
Southgate 1978, 58Southgate, Minoo S. Iskandarnamah. A Persian Medieval Alexander-Romance. New York: Columbia University Press 1978.

Amar Annus

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