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of Hirah. During his stay among the Arabians, Nonnosus had an opportunity of learning many of their peculiar customs and manners, and amongst other particulars, he left it on record that they had a sacred place, where, during certain months of the year they repaired in great numbers for religious worship, during which time was kept universal peace.[1] The Hamyarite port, from which he sailed to Adulis, was named Bulicas.[2] Between Adulis and Auxuma, which he described as a great city, was a journey of twelve days,[3] and in the intermediate region called Aueen, he saw not less than a thousand elephants.[4]

At Auxuma the embassy was received with every possible mark of friendship. The nadjash gave audience in the open field. He was seated on a lofty chariot, supported on four wheels, and drawn by as many elephants, caparisoned in plates of gold. From his middle a linen garment, interwoven with gold, descended below his thighs, and a loose tunic, covered with pearls and precious stones, hung from his shoulders. On his head he wore a linen cap, also covered with gold, from which descended four chains. His arms and neck were adorned with bracelets and chains of the same metal. He carried a small gilt shield and two spears in his hands, and was surrounded by his nobles in similar arms, and attended by a band of musicians. The ambassador

  1. Photius, ibid.
  2. Βουλικας, Procop. c. 19.
  3. Procopius, ib.
  4. Αυην. Photius, p. 7.