The Islands of Blest as described in the Life of Sertorius, Plutarch's Parallel Lives
2016-01-27 07:55:16 GMT
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"These [islands] are two in number, separated by a very narrow strait; they are ten thousand furlongs distant from Africa, and are called the Islands of the Blest. They enjoy moderate rains at long intervals, and winds which for the most part are soft and precipitate dews, so that the islands not only have a rich soil which is excellent for plowing and planting, but also produce a natural fruit that is plentiful and wholesome enough to feed, without toil or trouble, a leisured folk. Moreover, an air that is salubrious, owing to the climate and the moderate changes in the seasons, prevails on the islands. For the north and east winds which blow out from our part of the world plunge into fathomless space, and, owing to the distance, dissipate themselves and lose their power before they reach the islands; while the south and west winds that envelope the islands sometimes bring in their train soft and intermittent showers, but for the most part cool them with moist breezes and gently nourish the soil. Therefore a firm belief has made its way, even to the Barbarians, that here is the Elysian Field and the abode of the blessed, of which Homer sang."
is it like Iceland?
ah now my last comment became nonsense :)))
My guess is Fuerteventura and Lanzarote :)
Although a variety of places has been suggested as the utopia of ancient Greek legend referred to in the last sentence:
Greek mythology is so vast, that after reading so much of it, still this is totally new to me, thanks for the info though :)
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