- The reference to King Scolopithes (Gk) is in the
second book (section IV) of Justin's rendition of
Pompeius Trogus, where it is mixed up with the story
of the Amazons. Here's the quote:
"Sed apud Scythas medio tempore duo regii iuvenes,
Plynos et Scolopitus, per facionem optimatum domo
pulsi ingentem iuventutem secum traxere et in
Cappadociae ora iuxta amnem Thermodonta consederunt
subiectosque Themiscyrios campos occupavere. Ibi per
multos annos spoliare finitimos adsueti conspiratione
populorum per insidias trucidantur."
BTW as to Leipoxais. I would be pleasantly surprised
if you found a way to link the chap to the "oldest
brother" of later legends. But even if you can't find
the evidence, two out of three is not bad at all. The
mythogenic continuity was certainly broken with the
re-(?)establishment of the older brother's
significance. So if "thunder, lightning, hammer etc."
don't work for old Leipo- alternatives more in line
with the specifics of the Scythian legend might.
Something to do with agriculture, fields, earth, soil,
in other words an "Aukhata" orientation (since Leipo-
was their ancestor). Might one of the meanings of
Sanskrit LIP- be at all relevant here?
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