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Aristotle, On the Generation of Animals 746b7-13 (=2.9.8)

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λέγεται δὲ καὶ τὸ περὶ τῆς Λιβύης παροιμιαζόμενον ὡς “ἀεί τι τῆς Λιβύης τρεφούσης καινόν”, διὰ τὸ μίγνυσθαι καὶ τὰ μὴ ὁμόφυλα ἀλλήλοις λεχθῆναι τοῦτο· διὰ γὰρ τὴν σπάνιν τοῦ ὕδατος ἀπαντῶντα πάντα πρὸς ὀλίγους τόπους τοὺς ἔχοντας νάματα μίγνυσθαι καὶ τὰ μὴ ὁμογενῆ.

And it is also said that the proverb concerning Libya, that ‘Libya always brings forth some new thing’, has been coined because even creatures which are not of the same species breed with each other. For because of the lack of water all the animals meet at the few places which have springs, and then breed, even if they are of different kinds.

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October 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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