THE OLD TEMPLES OF THE GODS
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This (island) is in the far North, and it is inhabited by people called the Hyperboreans from their location beyond Boreas, the North Wind. The story goes that Leto (Apollo’s mother) was born there. It is for this reason that Apollo is honoured above all the gods. There are men who serve as priests of Apollo because this god is worshipped every day with continuous singing and is held in exceptional honour. There is also in the island a precinct sacred to Apollo and suitably imposing, and a notable spherical temple decorated with many offerings. There is also a community sacred to this god, where most of the inhabitants are trained to play the lyre and do so continuously in the temple, worshipping the god with singing…Men called Boreads are in charge of this city and over the sacred precinct.