The Greek travel writer Pausanias, writing in the second century AD, claimed that so many sea monsters lurked in the Adriatic Sea that ?their smell hung thick in the air.? Unfortunately Pausanias did not describe the odor. The nineteenth-century classicist J. G. Frazer (author of The Golden Bough) was intrigued by Pausanias?s comment. Frazer sailed the Adriatic several times but he never caught a whiff of anything untoward.
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