(Σινδοί Hdt. 4.28
), a people in Asiatic Sarmatia, on the E. coast of the Pontus Euxinus and at the foot of the Caucasus, in the district called Sindice. (Herod. l.c.;
Hipponax. p. 71, ed. Welck.; Hellanic. p. 78; Dionys. Per. 681; Steph. B. sub voce
p. 602; Amm. Marc. 22.8.41
, &c.) Besides the sea-port of Sinda, other towns belonging to the same people were, Hermonassa, Gorgippia, and Aborace. (Strab. xi. p.495
.) They had a monarchical form of government (Polyaen, 8.55), and Gorgippia was the residence of their kings. (Strab. l.c.
) Nicolaus Damascenus (p. 160, ed. Orell.) mentions a peculiar custom which they had of throwing upon the grave of a deceased person as many fish as the number of enemies whom he had overcome. Their name is variously written, and Mela calls them Sindones (2.19), Lucian (Tox.
Eichwald (Alt Geogr. d. Kasp. M.
p. 356) holds them to have been a Hindoo colony. (Comp. Bayer, Acta Petrop.
ix. p. 370; St. Croix, Mem. de l'Ac. des Inscr.
xlvi. p. 403; Larcher, ad Herod.
vii. p. 506; Ukert, vol. iii. pt. 2. p. 494, &c.)