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STROUTHOPODES
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Στρουθοπους
Στρουθοποδες
Strouthopous
Strouthopodes
Struthopod
Struthopodes

Sparrow-Foots
(strouthos, pous)

THE STROUTHOPODES (or Struthopodes) were a tribe of giant-footed Indian men whose womenfolk had tiny sparrow-like feet. Hence their name "the sparrow-foots."

The name is sometimes spelt Struthopods in English.


Pliny the Elder, Natural History 7. 25 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) :
"Eudoxus [of Cnidus, Greek writer C2nd B.C.] says that in the south of India men have feet eighteen inches long and the women such small feet that they are called Struthopodes (Sparrow-feet)."


Sources:

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