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4. Man

Fresco portrait of Terentius Neo, Pompeii

".... Indeed, one cannot doubt that the Ethiopians are scorched by heat of the nearby star, and appear burned even at birth, with their crimped hair and beards; while on the other side of the world there are people with glacial white skin and flowing blonde manes;

As to the intermediate areas, there, a healthy mixture of the two extremes provides fertile lands for every crop, moderate body size and considerable balance even in coloring, .... . "

(Pliny, Naturalis Historia, II, 80)

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