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page 222 note 1 complures uero e proximis (sc. auctoribus affirmant) et Laconicos in Taygeto monte etui. Mayhoff, on the authority of B alone, omits Laconicos. The omission was due, however, to a misunderstanding of proximis, with which in B we find montibus supplied. Hence B read in proximis montibus et in Taygeto, and so crowded out Laconicos. (Pliny makes smaragdus masculine.)

page 222 note 2 There seems no reason to doubt that the smaragdi Laconici were green porphyry. Bromehead C. E. N. (Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, lvi. 113) lists a number of the stones included by Pliny and others under smaragdus. When he mentions green porphyry among them, he must be thinking of this passage.

page 223 note 1 See, however, Eichholz D. E., C.R., lxvi (1952), 144145; lix (1945). 52.

page 223 note 2 Bailey K. C., The Elder Pliny's Chapters on Chemical Subjects, ii (1932).

page 223 note 3 Robertson R. H. S., C.R. lxiii (1949), 51.

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