Cynegetica 2Edit

Greek originalEdit

μώνυχες Ἀόνιοι, στικτὸν γένος, οἰοκέρωτες, ἔκ τε μέσου κέρας αἰνὸν ἐπαντέλλουσι μετώπου.

English translation (A.W. Maire, 1928)Edit

The Aonian Bulls do not divide the hoof; a dappled breed they are and with a single horn – a dread horn which they project aloft from the midst of the forehead.


Aonia is a poetic name for Boeotia – a region in Central Greece. Placing such a strange and unknown animal (because other authors know nothing about it) in a familiar place is highly surprising and rousing a suspicion that the author really meant India and Indian asses known from Ctesias. The word "στικτὸν" means "dappled, marked, tattooed" and likely refers to the diverse coloration of the beasts.

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.