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On Airs, Waters, And Places   


elevated situations, so as to be hot in summer and cold in winter, and
where the seasons are fine, there the men are fleshy, have
ill-formed joints, and are of a humid temperament; they are not
disposed to endure labor, and, for the most part, are base in
spirit; indolence and sluggishness are visible in them, and to the
arts they are dull, and not clever nor acute. When the country is
bare, not fenced, and rugged, blasted by the winter and scorched by
the sun, there you may see the hardy, hardy, slender, with well-shaped
joints, well-braced, and shaggy; sharp, industry and vigilance
accompany such a constitution; in morals and passions they are haughty
and opinionative, inclining rather to the fierce than to the mild; and
you will find them acute and ingenious as regards the arts, and
excelling in military affairs; and likewise all the other
productions of the earth corresponding to the earth itself. Thus it is
with regard to the most opposite natures and shapes; drawing
conclusions from them, you may judge of the rest without any risk of
error.


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