Alfred the Great

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Alfred the Great

(late 9th century)

King Alfred of Wessex’s Anglo-Saxon version of the compendious history of the world by Orosius.


Then, from this source [the Red Sea], the water is called the River Nile. Running thence onward to the west it separates into two, about an island which is called Meroe; and thence bending northwards, flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

Selected edition

Monumenta Cartographica Africae et Aegypti. Tome III.II, ed. Y. Kamel (Leiden: 1932).