Every twelfth year there is a special occasion called the Kumbh-mela, which is attended by a million of devotees at one time.
The first hint to reach Europe concerning the existence of habitable lands to the eastward of the Ganges is to be found in the writings of Pomponius Mela
734 ff.; Pomp. Mela iii.
In Mela we find the Druids teaching in the depths of a forest or in caverns.
Tumuli, too, are found throughout northern Africa, the"most celebrated being that near Cherchel, the Kubr-er-Rumia (" tomb of the Christian lady "), which was regarded by Pomponius Mela as the royal burying-place of the kings of Numidia.
19) and Mela (i.
306), and of Pomponius Mela (ii.
It is known as the Magh-mela, lasts for a whole month, and is attended by as many as 250,000 persons in ordinary years, either for religious or commercial purposes.
Pomponius Mela says that the Cimbri and Teutones dwelt on the Sinus Codanus, the latter also in Scandinavia (or Sweden).
- Livy, Epitome, lxvii., lxviii.; Monumentum Ancy- ranum; Pomponius Mela iii.
Of Bizerta, on the Ghar-el-Mela, a lagoon, also known as the Lake of Porto Farina, at the mouth of the Mejerda (the ancient Bagradas).
Other early Roman writers, Mela and Pliny, mention the country under the name Scandinavia (Skane), a name which in native records seems always to have been confined to the southernmost district in the peninsula.
According to Pliny and Pomponius Mela, who both wrote in the 1st century A.D., it was the rival of Cordova and Seville.
720 ff.; Pomp. Mela i.
88; Pomponius Mela ii.
Pomponius Mela speaks of the climate as unfit for ripening grain, but he, too, notices the luxuriance of the grass.
If Strabo and Herodotus and Pomponius Mela, for example, describe a custom, rite or strange notion in the Old World, and if mariners and missionaries find the same notion or custom or rite in Polynesia or Australia or Kamchatka, we can scarcely doubt the truth of the reports.
Pomp. Mela iii.
It is here that the great festival called the Magh mela is held.
It is quite clear that Pomponius Mela (c. A.D.