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The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis L.) and the two African species, the Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis L.) and White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum Burch.), were referred to without distinction as ῥινόκερως/rhinókerōs, more rarely μονόκερως/monókerōs (literally 'unicorn' and translated as unicornis in Isid. Orig. 12,2,12), Latin rhinoceros, monoceros.

1. Indian rhinoceros: in literature, the Indian rhinoceros was known only from Ctesias (fr. 14; Phot. Bibl. 72,48b 19ff. Bekker), used by Aristot. Hist. an. 2,1,49…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Rhinoceros”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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