• All men possess in their bodies a poison which acts upon serpents; and the human saliva, it is said, makes them take to flight, as though they had been touched with boiling water. The same substance, it is said, destroys them the moment it enters their throat.

    Pliny the Elder (2015). “Delphi Complete Works of Pliny the Elder (Illustrated)”, p.396, Delphi Classics
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