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Headword: Ἵππος Νισαῖος
Adler number: iota,578
Translated headword: Nisaian horse, Nisaean horse
Vetting Status: high
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:
Ἵππος Νισαῖος: μεταξὺ τῆς Σουσιανῆς καὶ τῆς Βακτριανῆς τόπος ἐστὶ Καταστιγώνα, ὅπερ Ἑλλάδι γλώσσῃ Νῖσος καλεῖται: ἐνταῦθα ἵπποι διάφοροι γίνονται. οἱ δὲ ἀπὸ Ἐρυθρᾶς θαλάσσης: εἶναι δὲ ξανθὰς πάσας. ὁ δὲ Ἡρόδοτος τῆς Μηδίας εἶναι τὸν τόπον Νισαῖον. ὁ δὲ Πολέμων κακῶς φησι λευκὸν ἵππον Νισαῖον. ἐν δὲ Δίκτυϊ Ὀρφεὺς λέγει. ὅτι ἡ Νίσα τόπος ἐστὶν ἐν Ἐρυθρᾷ κείμενος.
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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