Of Europe and of the Provinces of hit. Capitulum 21.
ISIDORUS rehersethe, in his xiiijthe boke, that Europa*. [Europa.] toke name of Europa, doȝhter of Agenoris, kynge of Libya, Page 171, vol.1 whom Iupiter Cretensis raveschede to hym. That Europe, the thrydde parte of the worlde, begynnenge from the floode of Thanay, descendethe by the northe occean vn to the costes of Speyne, compassede abowte with the see at þe yle callede Gades, on the este parte and in the sowthe with the grete see, conteynenge mony prouinces and yles, of whom somme thynges schalle be towchede by ordre.
Hyt is to be attendede that of the northe parte the marras of Meotides and the floode of Thanais diuiden the lesse Asia from Europe. Floode of Thanais was namede firste of Thanus, kynge of Scythia, which floode descendenge entrethe in to the see Mediterrany. Isidorus, libro quarto decimo. The inferior Scythia is colde, begyn|nenge*. [Scythia.] from the water of Thanus, betwene Danuby and the northe occean is protendede to Germanye, which is callede Barbarica for the men of Barbre that hit conteynethe.
Alania is a parte of the inferior Scythia declinenge to the*. [Alania.] water of Meotides vn to Denmarke.*. [The medieval use of Dacia and Daci has here misled the translator.] Mesia is schutte of*. [Mesia.] the este parte of it with the durres of Danuby, from the Page 173, vol.1 este of Tracia to the sowthe parte of Macedony; a plen|tuous region, and specially of whete, wherefore olde men namede hit the berne of God of corne. Sclauia is a*. [Sclavia.] parte of Mesia, of whom the nowmbre is duplicate, the more and lesse. The more is callede proprely Sclauonia, con|teynenge a parte of Dalmatia and Sarmatas, hauenge ferse peple and schippemen. The litelle Sclauia is extendede from Wandalinges and men of Boemy vnto the Saxones, the peple of whom is more meke. Also Pannonye is du|plicate,*. [Pannonia.] the more that is in the ferþer Scythia, ouer the waters [folio 34b] of Meotides, from whom Hunes goenge furthe for cause of huntenge by ferre cuntrees folowenge hertes, as Herodotus seythe, at the laste founde the lesse Pannonye, whiche re|turnenge home, gedrenge a multitude of peple, returnede ageyne to hit, the inhabitatores of hit expulsede thei namede that cuntre Hungary. A parte of whom is callede Bul|garia,*. [Hungaria.] hauenge on the este to hit Mesia, of the weste Gallia Page 175, vol.1 Belgica, of the northe Danuby or Almayne. That londe hathe veynes of golde, and hilles in whom marbole is diggede and goode salte.