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DRILAE

DRILAE (Δρῖλαι), “a village in Pontus, not far from Trapezus, as Xenophon says in the fifth book of the Anabasis.” (Steph. B. sub voce Xenophon (Xen. Anab. 5.2.14), with his men, made an incursion into the country of the Drilae, which was mountainous and difficult of access. The Drilae were, he says, the most warlike people on the Pontus. They are mentioned by Arrian in his Periplus (p. 11), where the name is written Drillae. In the MSS. of Stephanus it is Drylae (Δρύλαι); but this is probably a copyist's error.

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