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Polybius, Histories, book 5, Geography of Media (search)
Geography of Media But, indeed, even before that he was a formidable Description of Media. enemy owing to the importance of his province. For the whole of the royal horses out at grass are entrusted to the Medes;Hence the sacred breed of Nisaean horses, used for the Persian king's chariot (Herod. 7, 40; 9, 20). The Nisaean plain was one of those in Media containing the best pasture, and is identified by Rawlinson with that of Khawar and Alistan near Behistun. and they have an incalculable quantity of corn and cattle. Of the natural strength and extent of the district it would be impossible to speak highly enough. For Media lies nearly in the centre of Asia and in its size, and in the height of its steppes compares favourably with every other district of Asia. And again it overlooks some of the most warlike and powerful tribes. On the east lie the plains of the desert which intervenes between Persia and Parthia; and, moreover, it borders on and commands the "Caspian Gates," and touches