Translated via Aubrey de Sélincourt with an creation and Notes via John M. Marincola.
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I feel that this was once so far as the Egyptian military got here, simply because pillars erected by way of them should be obvious there, yet nowhere extra on. So he became again in the direction of Egypt. while he reached the River Phasis, one in every of issues occurred, yet it's not that i am capable of say for sure which of the 2 choices is true. both King Sesostris himself indifferent a definite part of his troops and left them there to settle the rustic, or a few of his males had had sufficient of this circuitous trip of his and stayed in the back of on the Phasis River.  For in actual fact, as I first got here to achieve myself, after which heard from others later, that the Colchians are patently Egyptian. whilst the idea happened to me, I requested either the Colchians and the Egyptians approximately it, and located that the Colchians had greater bear in mind of the Egyptians than the Egyptians did of them. a few Egyptians acknowledged that they proposal the Colchians originated with Sesostris’ military, yet i personally had guessed their Egyptian starting place not just as the Colchians are dark-skinned and curly-haired (which doesn't count number for far on its own, simply because those beneficial properties are universal to others too), yet extra importantly simply because Colchians, Egyptians, and Ethiopians are the one peoples on the earth who guidance circumcision and feature continuously performed so. The Phoenicians and Palestinian Syrians are the 1st to confess that they learnt the perform from Egypt, and the Syrians who stay within the land among the Thermodon and Parthenius rivers, and their neighbours the Macrones, say that during their case it's a contemporary import from Colchis. those are the one areas on the planet the place circumcision is practised, and it's transparent that the others do it within the comparable approach it really is performed in Egypt. the most obvious antiquity of the customized in Egypt and Ethiopia prevents me from asserting even if the Egyptians learnt it from the Ethiopians or vice versa, yet what convinces me that the opposite peoples learnt it because of their touch with Egypt is that any Phoenicians who've come into touch with Greece have stopped copying the Egyptians with appreciate to their genitalia,† and don't bring to a halt their children’s foreskins.  And allow me point out yet one more means within which the Colchians resemble the Egyptians: those peoples by myself paintings linen, they usually accomplish that within the similar manner. actually, their existence generally and their languages are comparable. The Greeks name Colchian linen Sardonian, whereas the linen which comes from Egypt is termed Egyptian.  lots of the pillars which King Sesostris of Egypt erected in those areas not seem to be there, yet i actually have obvious them in Palestinian Syria with the inscriptions i discussed and the feminine genitalia. In Ionia, there also are figures of Sesostris carved within the rock, one at the direction from Ephesus to Phocaea and the opposite among Sardis and Smyrna. In either areas a guy is carved, 4 cubits and a span excessive, with a spear in his correct hand, a bow in his left, and the remainder of his apparatus to match—in truth, it's in part Egyptian and in part Ethiopian.