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1. River of Paradise

 2. Cedars on the plain of the Nile

3. Odoardus on the Nile

4 Peter Pais on meandering

5. Peter Pais on fountains that cannot be measured

Athanasius Kircher

Athanasius Kircher wrote Oedipus Aegyptiacus (Rome, 1652), a very scholarly tome full of lore, with quotes from many ancient authorities.

He included passages from three authors who may have influenced Coleridge through these excerpts--

  • Moses Bar Cepha, Arab geographer (author of Geographica Arabica Medicca)
     
  • P. Peter Pais (explorer, author, and mapmaker)
     
  • Odoardus Lopez Lusitanus (another explorer, who left a commentary)

Other sources

William Bartram
William Beckford
F. Bernier
James Bruce
Thomas Burnet
William Collins
Herodotus
Jerome Lobo
Thomas Maurice
John Milton
Pausanias
Samuel Purchas
Major James Rennell
Seneca
Strabo
Virgil

Mary Wollstonecraft

 

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