CHOAMANI

name of an eastern Iranian tribe (perhaps located in western Bactria), mentioned only by Pomponius Mela in an enumeration of the inhabitants of the interior lands.

 

CHOAMANI, name of an eastern Iranian tribe (perhaps located in western Bactria), mentioned only by Pomponius Mela (1.13; ca. mid-1st century c.e.) in an enumeration of the inhabitants of the interior lands (interiora terrarum): Gandari et Pariani et Bactri, Sugdiani, Pharmacotrophi, Chomarae (i.e., the Bactrian Chomaroi; Ptolemy, 6.11.6), Choamani, Ropanes, Dahae super Scythas Scytharumque deserta. W. Tomaschek identified the Ropanes with the Paropanisadae (Pauly-­Wissowa, III/2, col. 2353, s.v. “Choamani”), an identifi­cation that was, however, rejected by [M.] Kiessling (Pauly-Wissowa, IA/1, col. 1108, s.v. “Ropanes”).

 

(Rüdiger Schmitt)

Originally Published: December 15, 1991

Last Updated: October 18, 2011

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