Aleppo

“It is said that no snakes enter the city of Aleppo, and if any of its soil is sprinkled on a snake it dies immediately.  No gnats are ever found in it, and if a man puts his hand outside its walls a gnat might alight upon it; when he brings it inside, the gnat flies away.”
The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, trans. Elias Muhanna

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