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Headword: Indoi
Adler number: iota,374
Translated headword: Indians
Vetting Status: high
A barbarian nation.
For war they had, as standards of the horsemen for every body of a thousand,[1] a dragon that was stretched up on a pole, whose head was made [of] silver, with grinning teeth and a threatening gaping mouth; the rest of the body was woven in silk, [looking like a] real dragon in the length and the depth and the many-coloured skin. A horseman carries this [standard], and when he raises the pole on the air, he drives away the cavalry with force.[2] And it falls, as it is likely when the blowing is driven violently. And when it is turned around in the folds of the hollow web and is not able to find a way out due to the covering, it rises in waves in the air and it turns around towards all directions raising the coloured garment, just as if it was the furrow of a real dragon.
[Note] that during the reign of Constantine the great, the inner Indians and the Iberians and the Armenians were baptised.[3]
Greek Original:
Indoi: ethnos barbaron. kata de ton polemon êsan autois sêmaiai tôn hippeôn kath' hekastên chiliostun drakôn epi kamakos anatetamenos, hou argura men hê kephalê pepoiêtai, sesêrotôn odontôn kai tou chasmatos apeilên echontos: to de allo sôma sêrikoüphon ên, es te mêkos kai bathos kai to poikilon tês chroas es alêthinon drakonta. touton pherôn hippeus, meteôrisas es ton aera tên kamaka rhumêi diôkei ton hippon. kai empiptei men hôsper eikos elaunomenon biai to pneuma: eiloumenon de en tois kolpois tou koilou huphous kai diexodon heurein dia to steganon ou dunamenon kumainei te eis ton aera kai meteôrizon to poikilon êtrion pasas helissei tropas, hôsper holkos drakontos alêthinou. hoti epi tou megalou Kônstantinou ebaptisthêsan hoi endoteroi Indoi kai Ibêres kai Armenioi,
For Indoi see also iota 375, and generally OCD(4) s.v. India.
[1] chiliostys (chi 306). where this unidentifiable material reappears.
[2] cf. eta 634.
[3] From epsilon 789; cf. alpha 3972, iota 75.
Keywords: Christianity; chronology; clothing; definition; geography; military affairs; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Kostas Zafeiris on 22 January 2005@14:58:44.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 22 January 2005@18:15:54.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 23 January 2005@05:29:14.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 23 January 2005@16:10:14.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 13 December 2005@06:55:54.
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