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These customs when compared with ours are very strange, but the following are still more extraordinary. According to Megasthenes, the nations who inhabit the Caucasus have commerce with women in public; and eat the bodies of their relatives; the monkeys climb precipices, and roll down large stones upon their pursuers; most of the animals which are tame in our country are wild in theirs; the horses have a single horn, with heads like those of deer; reeds which grow to the height of thirty orguiæ,1 others which grow on the ground, fifty orguiæ in length, and in thickness some are three and others six cubits in diameter.

1 The orguia was equal to four cubits, or six feet one inch.

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