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Bistonians

The Thracians; so called from Biston, son of Mars, who built Bistonia on the Lake Bistonis.

So the Bistonian race, a maddening train,
Exult and revel on the Thracian plain;
With milk their bloody banquets they allay.
Or from the lion rend his panting prey;
On some abandoned savage flercely fly,
Seize, tear, devour, and think it luxury.

Pitt: Statius, Book ii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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