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Fact of the Day

Jul 17, 1998

Ancient Swimmers
Amongst the nations of antiquity, swimming was in high repute; Cato himself taught his son to traverse the most rapid rivers and dangerous gulfs. The Emperor Augustus also taught his nephew to swim. It was at the head of his legions, that Julius Caesar crossed rivers by swimming. Charlemagne was one of the best swimmers of his time; and Louis XI swam very often in the Seine with all his courtiers.