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  • The Greeks call it Asphaltites, from a sort of pitch which it casts up.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume I (Genesis to Deuteronomy)

  • The Lake Asphaltites, known by the name of Sodom, was long famed for its bitumen; but the Turks now make no use of it, either because the mine under the water is diminished, because its quality is altered, or because there is too much difficulty in drawing it from under the water.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Palus Asphaltites The Dead Sea, so called because it produced lumps of bitumen that could be “fished” from its waters—a valuable commodity.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Without expanding his geographical borders by one mile, Herod had enriched himself mightily by acquiring the balsam gardens of Jericho and the bitumen fisheries of the Palus Asphaltites.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • “The balsam gardens of Jericho, the bitumen fisheries of the Palus Asphaltites, Galilaea, Idumaea, both sides of the Jordanus, and the coast of Your Sea from the river Eleutherus to Gaza.”

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Cede me the balsam gardens of Jericho and the bitumen fisheries of the Palus Asphaltites.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • A sound like the moaning in squadrons over Asphaltites of unforgiven ghosts of Gomorrah, ran shuddering through the air.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • In saying that the battle was fought in the vale of Siddim, or in the open plain, which, when Moses wrote, had become the Salt Sea, it is not to be doubted that the Dead Sea, or the lake Asphaltites, is meant.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • Caesar bent to run his hands through the pearls, picking out this one and that: twenty the dark and iridescent colors of the scum on the Palus Asphaltites in Palestina; a pearl the size of a strawberry that was the same color and shape as a strawberry; a dozen the color of the harvest moon; one giant with purple in it; and six perfect silver-cream ones.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • And also the Latin version is, "The middle of Asphaltites contains degrees 66.50."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica


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