Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Pausanias 2.26.4 (on Phlegyas' daughter, pregnant by Apollo, tr. W.H.S. Jones; see also 2.27.7):
In the country of the Epidaurians she bore a son, and exposed him on the mountain called Nipple at the present day, but then named Myrtium.Eric Thomson tells me that Martin Martin, in A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (1703), was the first to mention the Paps of Jura:
ὡς δὲ ἐν τῇ γῇ τῇ Ἐπιδαυρίων ἔτεκεν, ἐκτίθησι τὸν παῖδα ἐς τὸ ὄρος τοῦτο ὃ δὴ Τίτθιον ὀνομάζουσιν ἐφ᾽ ἡμῶν, τηνικαῦτα δὲ ἐκαλεῖτο Μύρτιον.
The isle is mountainous along the middle, where there are four hills of a considerable height. The two highest are well known to sea-faring men by the name of the Paps of Jura. They are very conspicuous from all quarters of sea and land in those parts.