Greek Name: Γιλιγάμαι

Latin Name:


Cultural Notes

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Geographical Notes

Libyan tribe to the west of the Adyrmachidae as far as the island of Aphrodisias. East of the Asbystae.

Citations in Herodotos

4.169 west of the Adyrmachidae; 4.170 east of the Asbystae.

Key Passages in English Translation

[4.169] Next to them are the Giligamae, who inhabit the country to the west as far as the island of Aphrodisias; in between lies the island of Platea, which the Cyrenaeans colonized, and on the mainland is the harbor called Menelaus, and the Aziris which was a settlement of the Cyrenaeans. Here the country of silphium begins, [2] which reaches from the island of Platea to the entrance of the Syrtis. This people is like the others in its customs.

English translation by A. D. Godley. Cambridge. Harvard University Press. 1920. Retreived from <>

Key Passages in Greek

[4.169] τούτων δὲ ἔχονται Γιλιγάμαι, νεμόμενοι τὸ πρὸς ἑσπέρην χώρην1μέχρι Ἀφροδισιάδος νήσου. ἐν δὲ τῷ μεταξὺ τούτου χώρῳ2 ἥ τε Πλατέα νῆσος ἐπικέεται, τὴν ἔκτισαν οἱ Κυρηναῖοι, καὶ ἐν τῇ ἠπείρῳ Μενέλαος λιμήν ἐστι καὶ Ἄζιρις, τὴν οἱ Κυρηναῖοι οἴκεον, καὶ τὸ σίλφιον ἄρχεται ἀπὸ τούτου: παρήκει δὲ ἀπὸ Πλατέης νήσου μέχρι τοῦ στόματος τῆς Σύρτιος τὸ σίλφιον. νόμοισι δὲ χρέωνται οὗτοι παραπλησίοισι τοῖσι ἑτέροισι.

Other Testimonia

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Other Commentary

Perseus Encyclopedia:

Giligamae, a Libyan tribe inland of Cyrene

W. W. How, J. Wells, A Commentary on Herodotos:

The Giligamae are only mentioned by H. and writers who borrow from him; they perhaps correspond to the later Marmaridae.



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