Beyond these in the most outlying mountain region we are told of the Three-span men and Pygmies, who do not exceed three spans, i.e. twenty seven inches in height; the climate is healthy and always springlike, and it is protected on the north by a range of mountains; this tribe Homer has also recorded as being beset by cranes. It is reported that in springtime their entire band, mounted on the backs of Rams and she-goats and armed with arrows, goes in a body down to the sea and eats the cranes' eggs and chickens, and that this outing occupies three months; and that otherwise they could not protect themselves from the flocks of cranes that would grow up; and that their houses are made of mud and feathers and egg shells. Aristotle says that the pygmies live in caves, but in the rest of his statement he agrees with the other authorities.Pliny, Natural History, Book VII, 26.
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