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the distant people of India[1], determined to visit the Hamyarites of Arabia Felix. He was accompanied by two young men who were both his kinsmen and his disciples in philosophy. On their return in an Egyptian ship, they were compelled to put into one of the Hamyaritic ports for a fresh supply of provisions. It happened at that time that the peninsula was in a state of warfare; and on landing they were treated by the natives as enemies, and either slain or made slaves. Amongst those who perished, were the philosopher and most of his attendants. Of his two companions, who were carried to the king, one, named Ædesius, was made the royal cup-bearer; to the other, whose name was Frumentius, and in whom he perceived more than ordinary abilities and learning, the king entrusted the care of his books and treasures. Having both served him faithfully for some years, on the death of the monarch they were rewarded by his queen with their liberty, and

    Johannes Asiæ Episcop. (ap. Asseman. tom. i. p. 359), calls the Ethiopian king who conquered Hamyar, king ܓܘܝܬܐ ܕܗܢܕܘܝܐ‎ of the interior or further Indians, whereas Ruffinus declares that the India visited by Bartholomæus was India citerior. Another argument of Pagi's is that mention is made of Frumentius, a bishop of Auxume, being deposed for Arianism in 356 by the successor of Athanasius, (Athanas. Apol. ad Constant. Baron. p. 563.) but if he had been the same as the other, it would certainly have been a circumstance of sufficient importance to be mentioned.

  1. Metrodorus visited the Brachmans in India, according to Cedrenus, ad an. xxi. Constant. Magn.