), that is, “people with long heads.” (Strab. i. p.43
.) The Siginni, a barbarous tribe about Mount Caucasus, artificially contrived to lengthen their heads as much as possible. (Strab. xi. p.520
; comp. Hippocr. de Aer.
It appears that owing to this custom they were called Macrocephali; at least Pliny 6.4
), Pomp. Mela (1.19), and Scylax (p. 33), speak of a nation of this name in the north-east of Pontus.
The anonymous author of the Peripl. Pont. Eux.
(p. 14) regards them as the same people as the Macrones, but Pliny (l.c.
) clearly distinguishes the two.