Masada AerialJerusalem, Judaea, Masada, Essenes

De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, VI (De Geometria), 678-679

“ … The second height of Judaea next to Jerusalem, on which side is the spring Callirrhoë. On the west are the Essenes who live without sexual intercourse and all desires. From here somewhat in the interior is the fortress Masada, where is the limit of Judaea; to which is adjoined the Decapolis, so called from the number of its cities.”

Source: Stern, Menahem. Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism. #536 Volume II (p. 651-652)