National Geographic : 1914 Nov
Photo byVittorio ScIla PEOPLE AT CHEGEM, CENTRAL CAUCASUS, RUSSIA The Caucasus region is the ethnological museum of the world. Pliny quotes Timosthenes assaying that inancient Colchis 300different languages were spoken, and adds that the Romans required the services of over a hundred interpreters toconduct affairs. Strabo mentions 67 different peoples and tongues in his day in the Caucasus region, and wrote of the poisoned arrows, spiked shoes, and troglodyte caves ofthat territory. See George Kenn:n's fascinating account of the Caucasus, "An Island in the Sea of History," intheNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, September, 1913.