By this is meant the ophite race, who came from Egypt, and from Syria, and got footing in this island.
As a consecrating symbol, the ophite hierogram was inscribed upon the massive portals of the Egyptian temples.
The former represents the ophite hierogram with one serpent, the latter is double; in both cases the circle has no wings.
As these were ophite temples, a story has been added about this person having been stung by a serpent.
Many temples were erected to the ophite God: and many cities were denominated from him.
The temple was an ophite Petra: which terms induced people to believe, that there were in these temples serpents petrified.
There are allusions to these ophite temples, and to these pillars, upon the coins of Syria, and Tyre.