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orion "shore of the Essenes" - short form

For those using the short form for US Taxes, and fond of short versions of
other things, I am giving here the actual translation of Pliny, lines 50,
and 54, in Menachem Stern, Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism,
pp. 469f.

l. 50 "Looking out towards the East one sees ARabia of the Nomads, 
                   towards the South, Machaerus, once a fort second to 
                       Jerusalem in Judaea.
. . . . . . 
l. 54 "(Looking out) towards the West (one sees) the shore of the Essene.
They completely shun [fugiunt] (that) which hurts [=pollutes?], a family
[gens] united (by a common name and by certain religious rites,) and
astonishing beyond everything else in the whole world,"

I've just sent the long version, which is a response to Jay Treat.

Sigrid Peterson   University of Pennsylvania  petersig@ccat.sas.upenn.edu