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Libyes, Libye
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(Λίβυες; Líbyes, Λιβύη; Libýē, Latin Libya). However liberally the Greeks treated the term Libýē in the course of the centuries [1], they were just as unconcerned in their use of the corresponding ethnicon as well. Indeed this is - in contrast to the toponym - not yet attested in the Homeric epics but the Greeks were familiar with the name as a description for their indigenous neighbours at the latest from the settlement of ‘Libya’ by colonists ( Colonization) from Thera in the 7th cent. BC (SEG IX, 3 = ML 5-9, no.5). Already in Hecataeus (FGrH 1 F 346; 357…

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Zimmermann, Klaus (Jena), “Libyes, Libye”, 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 22 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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