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NULOI
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νυλοι Νουλοι Nuloi, Nouloi Nuli --
Nulus from the Nurenburg Chronicle 1493
A Back-Foot from the Nurenburg Chronicle, 1493

THE NULOI (or Nuli) were a tribe of Indian men with backward-facing, eight-toed feet.

The original Greek spelling of their name would hav been either Nuloi or Nouloi.


Pliny the Elder, Natural History 7. 23 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) :
"Megasthenes [Greek historian C4th B.C.] states that on the [Indian] mountain named Nulus there are people with their feet turned backwards and with eight toes on each foot."


Sources:

  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History - Latin Encyclopedia C1st A.D.