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  • adjective Of or pertaining to Avernus, a lake of Campania, in Italy, famous for its poisonous vapors, which ancient writers fancied were so malignant as to kill birds flying over it. It was represented by the poets to be connected with the infernal regions.


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  • I intend to join the Lucrine lake to the Avernian by digging several big canals.

    Antony and Cleopatra Colleen McCullough 2007

  • I intend to join the Lucrine lake to the Avernian by digging several big canals.

    Antony and Cleopatra Colleen McCullough 2007

  • Samnites conveyed their possessions into the Avernian [14] woods, so-called from the fact that on account of the closeness of the trees no bird flies into them.

    Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6) An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek during the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus: and Now Presented in English Form Cassius Dio

  • He commenced making a pond for the reception of all the hot streams from Baiae, which he designed to have continued from Misenum to the Avernian lake, in a conduit, enclosed in galleries; and also a canal from Avernum to Ostia, that ships might pass from one to the other, without a sea voyage.

    De vita Caesarum Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus

  • [438] Tartessus was an Iberian town, near the Avernian marshes, which were said to be tenanted by reptiles, the progeny of vipers and muraenae,

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2 446? BC-385? BC Aristophanes

  • I have said that in the Avernian Mountains was the centre of Gaul and the power upon which the history of Gaul depends.

    On Something Hilaire Belloc 1911

  • With her hair dishevelled, she then invoked Hecate, and sprinkling Avernian water and poisons on it, and casting thereon various love charms, she called the gods to witness that she was determined to die.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb 1901

  • Avernian vallies, or else that the grant will be revoked.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Literally Translated into English Prose, with Copious Notes and Explanations 43 BC-18? Ovid 1847

  • I think players of Geist will find the material most useful; however, there are ways that any being in the World of Darkness can just, well, fall right through an Avernian Gate.

    Comments for Flames Rising Jayna Pavlin 2010

  • But at last, having built a new fleet, and obtained twenty thousand manumitted slaves [123], who were given him for the oar, he formed the Julian harbour at Baiae, by letting the sea into the Lucrine and Avernian lakes; and having exercised his forces there during the whole winter, he defeated Pompey betwixt Mylae and Naulochus; although (80) just as the engagement commenced, he suddenly fell into such a profound sleep, that his friends were obliged to wake him to give the signal.

    De vita Caesarum Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus


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