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    English: Woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle Date 1493 Source Author Michel Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (Text: Hartmann Schedel)

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    • Gloria Horton

      Greek Mythology: The Skiapodes (or Sciapods) were a tribe of one-legged (monopod)Ethiopian or Indian men who had a single giant foot which they raised in the air to shade themselves against the hot southern sun. The Skiapodes were also popular in Medieval bestiaries and map illustrations of the Terra Incognita.

    • Lauren

      Word of the day: Sciapodes n. A mythical race of people supposed to have lived at the southern edge of the ancient Greek and Roman world, who each had a single leg ending in a foot of immense size with which they shaded themselves from the heat of the sun. Image: Woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle by Michel Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

    • Maie Aly

      Nuremberg chronicles - Strange People - Umbrella Foot (XIIr) - The Birds (play) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    • Wendy Carolan Ayers

      The Sciapods were a race of hairy, dwarfish people who hopped around on a single leg and liked nothing better than using their giant solitary foot as a sun shade for when they wanted to go to sleep.

    • Megan Louise

      Strange people - umbrella foot man, woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) via Wikimedia Commons.

    • annalaura

      THE SKIAPODES (or Sciapods) were a tribe of one-legged Ethiopian or Indian men who had a single giant foot which they raised in the air to shade themselves against the hot southern sun.

    • Shinobu Watanabe Miller

      The Monopods. These were creatures with a giant foot. Also known as Sciapods, and Monocoli. In surviving imagery these creatures are often depicted as protecting themselves from the sun.

    • Douglas Chrispim

      Monopod | Monopods made their way into European folklore through the work of Pliny the Elder. As the name suggests they are one footed creatures. Isodore of Seville claimed that they: . . . live in Ethiopia; they have only one leg, and are wonderfully speedy. The Greeks call them σκιαπόδεϛ (‘shade-footed ones’) because when it is hot they lie on their backs on the ground and are shaded by the great size of their feet.

    • Elsie

      Pliny describes Skiapods as follows: He [Ctesias] speaks also of another race of men, who are known as Monocoli, who have only one leg, but are able to leap with surprising agility. The same people are also called Sciapodae, because they are in the habit of lying on their backs, during the time of the extreme heat, and protect themselves from the sun by the shade of their feet. (Ctesias' book was about India from the 5th century B.C.)

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