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Headword: Hippos Nisaios
Adler number: iota,578
Translated headword: Nisaian horse, Nisaean horse
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Between Susiana and Bactria there is a place [named] Katastigona, called Nisos in Greek; exceptional horses are found there. But some say [they come] from the Red Sea, and that the mares are all tawny. Herodotus [says that] the place [called] Nisaea is part of Media.[1] Polemon wrongly says that the Nisaean horse [is] white.[2] Orpheus speaks [of them] in Diktys.[3]
Nisa is a place situated on the Red [Sea].
Greek Original:
Hippos Nisaios: metaxu tês Sousianês kai tês Baktrianês topos esti Katastigôna, hoper Helladi glôssêi Nisos kaleitai: entautha hippoi diaphoroi ginontai. hoi de apo Eruthras thalassês: einai de xanthas pasas. ho de Hêrodotos tês Mêdias einai ton topon Nisaion. ho de Polemôn kakôs phêsi leukon hippon Nisaion. en de Diktuï Orpheus legei. hoti hê Nisa topos estin en Eruthrai keimenos.
Notes:
cf. Hesychius nu529 (where the headword phrase, evidently quoted from somewhere, is accusative plural); and nu 425.
[1] Herodotus 3.106.2, 7.40.3; both passages also mention the horses.
[2] Polemon fr.98 FHG (3.147).
[3] For 'Orpheus' read, presumably, Euripides (fr. 1128).
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 June 2006@08:48:37.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (corrected cross-reference, set status) on 12 June 2006@10:37:11.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 12 June 2006@10:40:36.
David Whitehead on 14 January 2013@08:20:54.

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