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PEGASOS AITHIOPIKOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Πηγασος Αιθιοπικος
Πηγασοι Αιθιοπικοι
Pegasos Aithiopikos
Pegasoi Aithiopikoi
Pegasus Aethiopicum
Pegasi Aethiopicum
Ethiopian Pegasus
Ethiopian Pegasi
Ethiopian Pegasus, Der Naturen Bloeme manuscript c. 1350, National Library of the Netherlands
Ethiopian Pegasus, Der Naturen Bloeme manuscript
c. 1350, National Library of the Netherlands

THE PEGASOI AITHIOPES were a herd of winged, horned horses native to Aithiopia (sub-Saharan Africa).

The famous Pegasos horse of myth was himself said to have been born near Aithiopia, on the Red Sea island of Erytheia.


Pliny the Elder, Natural History 8. 72 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) :
"Aethiopia (Ethiopia) produces . . . many monstrosities--[including] winged horses armed with horns, called Pegasi."


Sources:

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