A Humorous Surfeit of Monkeys

Strabo, Katasterismoi, 17, 3, 4

“And it offers a superabundance of monkeys. Poseidonios has also claimed that while he was sailing from Cadiz to Italy, he travelled along the shore of Africa and saw a certain clutch of trees that was full of monkeys. Some were in the trees, some were below on the ground, and some had babies nestled near their breasts. He said he laughed when he saw the ones with drooping breasts or when he saw bald monkeys, or ones showing growths or other sicknesses.”

 φέρει δὲ… πιθήκων τε πάμπολυ πλῆθος, περὶ ὧν καὶ Ποσειδώνιος εἴρηκεν, ὅτι πλέων ἐκ Γαδείρων εἰς τὴν ᾽Ιταλίαν προσενεχθείη τῆι Λιβυκῆι παραλίαι καὶ ἴδοι τῶν θηρίων μεστόν τινα τούτων ἁλιτενῆ δρυμόν, τῶν μὲν ἐπὶ τοῖς δένδρεσι, τῶν δ᾽ ἐπὶ γῆς, ἐχόντων ἐνίων καὶ σκύμνους καὶ ἐπεχόντων μαστόν· γελᾶν οὖν ὁρῶν βαρυμάστους, ἐνίους δὲ φαλακρούς, τοὺς δὲ κηλήτας καὶ ἄλλα τοιαῦτα ἐπιφαίνοντας σίνη

From Arhturian Romances manuscript, housed at Yale https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/2004282?child_oid=1020576

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