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According to ancient Oriental legend, Rocail was the younger brother of Seth, the son of the biblical Adam. The circumstances of his history were picturesque and unique. A dive, or giant, of Mount Caucasus, finding himself in difficulties, applied for aid to the human race. Rocail offered his services to the giant, and these proved so acceptable that the dive made his benefactor his grand vizier.

For a long period Rocail successfully governed the giant's realm and reached a position of dignity and honor. However, when he felt himself growing old, he desired to leave behind him a more lasting monument than public respect, so he built a magnificent palace and sepulcher. The palace he peopled with statues, which, by the power of magic, he made to walk and talk.


Herbelot, Barthélemy d'. Bibliotheque Oriental. Paris, 1697.

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