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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK VI., CHAPTER IV. (search)
iii. § 17. of these the former are in subjection to the Romans, and the latter are unprofitable for commerce on account of their wandering life, and only require to be
watched. The rest of the countries [of Asia] are chiefly inhabited by ScenitesInhabitants of tents. and Nomades who dwell at a great distance. The Parthians indeed border on them and are very
powerful, but they have yielded so far to the superiority of
the Romans and our emperors, that they have not only sent
backIn the year 20 B. C. See book xvi.
chap. i. § 28. to Rome the trophies which they had at a still more
distant period taken from the Romans, but Phraates has even
sent his sons and his sons' sons to Augustus Cæsar, as
hostages, assiduously courting his friendship:Compare Tacitus, Annales, lib. ii. § 1. indeed the
[Parthians] of the present time frequently send for a king
from hence,As Vonones, mentioned by Tacitus in his second book. and are almost on the point of relinquishing all
power to the Romans.
Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK XI., CHAPTER XIV. (search)
ke. by the inhabitants of the coun-
try. There are other mines, and also a mine of Sandyx as
it is called, to which is given the name of Armenian colour,
it resembles the Calche.It is doub ful whether this colour was red, blue, or purple.
This country is so well adapted, being nothing inferior in this
respect to Media, for breeding horses, that the race of Nesean
horses, which the kings of Persia used, is found here also;
the satrap of Armenia used to send annually to the king
of Persia 20,000 foals at the time of the festival of the Mithracina. Artavasdes, when he accompanied Antony in his
invasion of Media, exhibited, besides other bodies of cavalry,
6000 horse covered with complete armour drawn up in array.
Not only do the Medes and Armenians, but the Albanians
also, admire this kind of cavalry, for the latter use horses
covered with armour.
Of the riches and power of this country, this is no
slight proof, that when Pompey imposed upon Tigranes, the
father of Artavasd