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Headword: Ἰνδοί
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:
Ἰνδοί: ἔθνος βάρβαρον. κατὰ δὲ τὸν πόλεμον ἦσαν αὐτοῖς σημαῖαι τῶν ἱππέων καθ' ἑκάστην χιλιοστὺν δράκων ἐπὶ κάμακος ἀνατεταμένος, οὗ ἀργυρᾶ μὲν ἡ κεφαλὴ πεποίηται, σεσηρότων ὀδόντων καὶ τοῦ χάσματος ἀπειλὴν ἔχοντος: τὸ δὲ ἄλλο σῶμα σηρικόϋφον ἦν, ἔς τε μῆκος καὶ βάθος καὶ τὸ ποικίλον τῆς χρόας ἐς ἀληθινὸν δράκοντα. τοῦτον φέρων ἱππεύς, μετεωρίσας ἐς τὸν ἀέρα τὴν κάμακα ῥύμῃ διώκει τὸν ἵππον. καὶ ἐμπίπτει μὲν ὥσπερ εἰκὸς ἐλαυνόμενον βίᾳ τὸ πνεῦμα: εἰλούμενον δὲ ἐν τοῖς κόλποις τοῦ κοίλου ὕφους καὶ διέξοδον εὑρεῖν διὰ τὸ στεγανὸν οὐ δυνάμενον κυμαίνει τε εἰς τὸν ἀέρα καὶ μετεωρίζον τὸ ποικίλον ἤτριον πάσας ἑλίσσει τροπάς, ὥσπερ ὁλκὸς δράκοντος ἀληθινοῦ. ὅτι ἐπὶ τοῦ μεγάλου Κωνσταντίνου ἐβαπτίσθησαν οἱ ἐνδότεροι Ἰνδοὶ καὶ Ἴβηρες καὶ Ἀρμένιοι,
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.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 22 January 2005@18:15:54.
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