Ancient Roman River of Memory Loss

Limia-river

The Limia river in Galicia, Spain which is in the Ourense province was claimed to be cursed by the ancient Celt’s and crossing this river was believed to cause the loss of one’s memory. In the year 135 BC, the Roman forces led by General Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus reached the banks of the river Lethes, or as it is referred to in Spain, the river “Limia”, and proceeded no further with their invasion of Spain because the soldiers were afraid of losing their memories. A Roman military leader named Brutus Callaicus, single handedly dismantled this myth by crossing to the other side and then listing the names of all his soldiers one by one

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