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HAMAXOECI

Eth. HAMAXOECI (Eth. Ἁμάξοικοι, Eustath. ad Hom. Il. 13.5; Hesiod. ap. Strab. vii. p. 302; Hdt. 4.46; Aesch. Prom. 709; Strab. ii. p.87, vii. p.209, xi. p.492). This name was applied by the ancients to the Nomadic hordes who roamed over the N. E. of Europe, neither sowing nor planting,--but living on food derived from animals, especially mares' milk, and cheese,--and moved from place to place, carrying their families in waggons covered with wicker and leather, in the same manner as the Tartars of the present day.

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