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 Around these farthest and most distant marshes live numerous nations, differing in the variety of their languages and customs: the Ixomatae, Maeotae, Iazyges, Roxolani, Halani, Melanchlaenae, and with the Geloni, the Agathyrsi, in whose country an abundance of the stone called adamant 1 is found; and farther beyond are other peoples, who are wholly unknown, since they are the remotest of all men.
1 adamas, “untamable,” “unbreakable” is variously applied to a kind of steel, and to diamonds and like stones.
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