¶Of Parthia. chap. 115.
PArthia, is the greatest Countrey in Asia, and stretcheth from the Borders of Inde, vnto the ende of Mesopotamia. And for the great strength of the Par∣thians, Assiria and other countryes tooke the name of Parthia. Therein are ma∣ny particular Prouinces, that is tolwit, Acathsia, Parthia, Assiria, Meosa & Per∣sia. The which Countries ioyne toge∣thers, & begin at the riuer Indus: and be closed with the riuer Tigris. There in many places be shārpe the hu•aines and many riuers, & the prouinces haue their owne boundings, and haue the names of their Authors, in the manner: for Ara∣•usia hath that name of a towne of that lande. Men that came out of Scithia into Parthia, and dwelled therein, gaue to their owne name. In the South side thereof is the Red sea, and in the North Hircania, and in the west Media. Eigh∣téene regions thereof stretch from the sea •espy to the Scithians. In Parthia are beasts wonderfully shape, as Plini, saith li. 5. for therein be fierre beasts, Perdes, Tigers, Linces, & Adders that be called Alpedes, and Serpents most cruell and sterce by kinde. Also the people be harde and cruell and scarse in vittailes, & holde them content with salt and Cardamoni∣um, for all manner posage and foode, as he saith there. And ther it is said in Glo. super Dan. de Persarum regione & Par∣thorum, es. 7. of a beast that is like to a Beare. TREVISA. He that will know Cardanomium, looke after in 17. booke ca. de Cardamonio.
(*Parthia, a countrie in Asia, which hath on the South the Red sea: on the North, the sea called Hircanum: on the East, the people called Arij•on ye west, the t•alme called Media.