A tribe of acephalous (headless) men living in Ethiopia. They had no necks and their eyes and mouth were set in the breast. The Blemmyes made frequent incursions into southern Egypt but were defeated and subjected by emperor Probus in 279-281 CE, and later again by Marcian in 452 CE.



  • Pierer's Universal-Lexikon, Band 2. (1857). Altenburg, p. 884.
  • Pliny the Elder. Naturalis Historia vii, 23.