Oaxus
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(Ὄαξος/Óaxos, Ἄξος/Áxos). Mountain town in northern central Crete bordering on the region of Tylissus, c. 30 km to the south of Heraklion and called Axos in later sources (Steph. Byz. s.v. Ἄ.). O. was situated on the northern foothills of the Ida mountain range, on a steep acropolis with few archaeological remains (walls). Already inhabited in late Minoan times, O. had developed since the 8/7 cents. BC into a significant town whose building fabric is preserved today only in a rudimentary form. Phronime, the mother of Battus [1] of Cyrene came from O. (Hdt. 4,154f.). A…

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Sonnabend, Holger (Stuttgart), “Oaxus”, 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 23 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e827440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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