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Satyr

(1,533 words)

Author(s): Heinze, Theodor (Geneva) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Σάτυρος/ Sátyros, pl. Σάτυροι/ Sátyroi, Latin Satur, Satyrus), also Silenus (Σι-, Σειληνός/ Si-, Seilēnós, pl. Σι-, Σειληνοί/ Si-, Seilēnoí, Doric Σιλανός/ Silanós, Latin Silenus, Silanus). [German version] I. Mythology, art and cult A satyr/Silenus was a member of a group of demons who, since their relatively late emergence at the end of the 7th/beginning of the 6th cent. BC, have formed part of the mythical entourage of the god Dionysus; Silens, as a more or less distinctive and independent figure, emerged from that retinue…

Sirens

(706 words)

Author(s): Nünlist, René (Basle) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Σειρῆνες/ Seirḗnes; Latin Sirenes, Sirenae). [German version] I. Mythology Mythical female creatures who sing seductively Sirens are mythical beings (in Greek myth female) in ancient sailors' tales (the earliest evidence - admittedly without context - extends back to the Mycenaean period [1]). Their seductive song makes sailors forget their home  (cf. Lotophagi) and perish. Instructed by Circe, Odysseus outwits the Sirens: he stops the ears of his companions with wax and has himself tied to the mast with inst…

Polyzelus

(180 words)

Author(s): Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Meister, Klaus (Berlin)
(Πολύζηλος/ Polýzēlos). [German version] [1] Comic poet, c. 400 BC Comic poet of the late 5th and early 4th cent. BC; won four victories at the Lenaea [1. test. 2]. 13 frr. and five titles survive. Four of them are mythological (Ἀφροδίτης γοναί/ Aphrodítēs gonaí, 'The Birth of Aphrodite'; Δημοτυνδάρεως/ Dēmotyndáreōs, Διονύσου γοναί/ Dionýsou gonaí, 'The Birth of Dionysus'; Μουσῶν γοναί/ Mousôn gonaí, 'The Birth of the Muses'); he evidently favoured comedic presentations of the births of gods, a special variety of mythological play in vogue at the turn of …

Aristagoras

(341 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀρισταγόρας; Aristagóras, Ionic Ἀρισταγόρης; Aristagórēs). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Cyzicus (end of the 6th cent. BC) Tyrant of Cyzicus, mentioned in Hdt. 4,138 because he supported the Persian king  Darius with a naval unit during his campaign against the Scythians about 513 BC [1. 87, 569]. Cobet, Justus (Essen) [German version] [2] Tyrant of Cyme (around 500 BC) Son of Heracleides, tyrant of Cyme, mentioned by Herodotes (4,138) as being important in the Aeolis along with A. [1]; he participated in the expedition against Naxos before the Ionia…

Niobe

(1,303 words)

Author(s): Harder, Ruth Elisabeth (Zürich) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Νιόβη/ Nióbē, Lat. Nioba). [German version] I. Mythology Daughter of Tantalus and Dione or Euryanassa (Hyg. Fab. 9, schol. Eur. Or. 4) and wife of Amphion [1] (Hes. fr. 183 M./W.). The oldest version of the myth is found in Hom. Il. 24,602-617 in the form of a comparison by which Achilles seeks to induce Priam to overcome his grief over his son's death just as N. did. N.'s children, the Niobids (Νιοβίδαι/ Niobídai, Lat. Niobidae), were killed by Apollo and Artemis after N. boasted of her superiority to their mother, Leto, because Leto had borne only two children, whil…

Strattis

(244 words)

Author(s): Stein-Hölkeskamp, Elke (Cologne) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Στράττις/ Stráttis). [German version] [1] Tyrant of Chios, 6th cent. BC Tyrant of Chios, who took part in the Scythian campaign in 513 BC as an adviser of Darius [1] (Hdt. 4,138). It can not be determined whether he was deposed at the beginning of the Ionian Revolt. Nevertheless, he was able to resume his reign after the Persians' victory (in 493/2 BC). In 479 he was able to elude a conspiracy (Hdt. 8,132). At the liberation of Ionia after the battle of Mycale in 479 S. may also have been toppled. Stein-Hölkeskamp, Elke (Cologne) [German version] [2] Attic comic poet, 5th/4th cents. BC Attic comi…

Archippus

(192 words)

Author(s): Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Riedweg, Christoph (Zürich)
[German version] [1] Poet of the Old Comedy Poet of the Old Comedy, one-time winner at the Dionysia of the 91st Olympiad (415-412 BC) [1.test.1.2]. 61 fragments and six titles are extant, amongst them an Amphitryon and a Plutos. Rhinon and ‘Fishes’ ( Ichthyes) -- portraying a fish state (cf. Aristophanes' state of birds) in conflict with the Athenians -- were probably written after 403 BC. Occasionally, four plays by Aristophanes were also attributed to A. [1.test.4]. Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) Bibliography 1 PCG II, 538-557. [German version] [2] Pythagoraean Pythagorean who, acc…

Aristagoras

(325 words)

Author(s): Cobet, Justus (Essen) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀρισταγόρας, ion. Ἀρισταγόρης). [English version] [1] Tyrann von Kyzikos (Ende 6. Jh. v. Chr.) Tyrann von Kyzikos, bei Hdt. 4,138 erwähnt, weil er mit einem Flottenkontingent den Perserkönig Dareios beim Feldzug gegen die Skythen ca. 513 v. Chr. unterstützte [1. 87, 569]. Cobet, Justus (Essen) [English version] [2] Tyrann von Kyme (um 500 v. Chr.) Sohn des Herakleides, Tyrann von Kyme, von Herodot (4,138) neben A. [1] als bedeutend in der Aiolis genannt; er war vor Ausbruch des Ion. Aufstands 499 v. Chr. an der Expedition gegen Naxos beteiligt, wu…

Athenokles

(188 words)

Author(s): Montanari, Franco (Pisa) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀθηνοκλῆς). [English version] [1] aus Kyzikos, Grammatiker, 3./2. Jh. v. Chr. aus Kyzikos. Grammatiker. Auf Grund von Didymos in schol. Hom. Od. 14,503, wo in Bezug auf ihn das Wort προηθέτει (‘hat schon vorher athetiert’) benutzt wird (s. auch schol. Hom. Od. 6,144), hält man ihn für älter als Aristarchos [4] von Samothrake oder höchstens für einen seiner Zeitgenossen, so daß er also ins 3./2.Jh. v.Chr. zu setzen ist. Gegen ihn verfaßte Ammonios [3] aus Alexandreia, der Schüler des Aristarchos, eine Schr…

Niobe

(1,193 words)

Author(s): Harder, Ruth Elisabeth (Zürich) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Νιόβη, lat. Nioba). [English version] I. Mythologie Tochter des Tantalos und der Dione oder Euryanassa (Hyg. fab. 9, schol. Eur. Or. 4) und Gattin des Amphion [1] (Hes. fr. 183 M./W.). Die älteste Fassung des Mythos bietet Hom. Il. 24,602-617 in Form eines Gleichnisses, mit dem Achilleus Priamos veranlassen will, von seinem Schmerz über den Tod des Sohnes abzulassen, so wie dies N. ebenfalls getan habe. N.s Kinder, die Niobiden (Νιοβίδαι, lat. Niobidae), werden von Apollon und Artemis getötet, nachdem sich N. hochmütig über deren Mutter Leto gestellt hat, weil dies…

Philostephanos

(441 words)

Author(s): Fornaro, Sotera (Sassari) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Φιλοστέφανος). [English version] [1] Ph. von Kyrene Schüler des Kallimachos, 3. Jh. v. Chr. Schüler (γνώριμος) des Kallimachos [3] (Athen. 331d; vgl. [4. Bd. 2, 752]), lebte unter Ptolemaios Philopator (222-206 v.Chr., vgl. [1. 30]). Verf. von scheinbar geogr., tatsächlich aber aitiologisch und paradoxographisch ausgerichteten Werken (Gell. 9,4,3 stellt Ph. neben andere Schriftsteller von res inauditae, Aristeas, Ktesias, Onesikritos), von denen wir nur dürftige Fr. und die Titel besitzen, die vielleicht auch Teile eines umfassenden Werkes (oder e…

Archippos

(199 words)

Author(s): Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Riedweg, Christoph (Zürich)
[English version] [1] Dichter der Alten Komödie Dichter der Alten Komödie, siegte einmal an den Dionysien in der 91. Ol. (415-412 v. Chr.) [1.test.1.2]. 61 Fragmente und 6 Titel sind erh., darunter ein Amphitryon und ein Plutos. Der Rhinon und die ›Fische‹ ( Ichthyes) - in denen ein Fisch-Staat (vgl. den Vogel-Staat des Aristophanes) in Auseinandersetzung mit den Athenern dargestellt war - lassen sich wohl bald nach 403 datieren. Gelegentlich wurden auch 4 Stücke des Aristophanes dem A. zugewiesen [1.test.4]. Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) Bibliography 1 PCG II, 538-557. …

Diopeithes

(376 words)

Author(s): Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Bloch, René (Princeton) | Engels, Johannes (Köln)
(Διοπείθης). [English version] [1] Dichter der Alten Komödie Dichter der Alten Komödie, nur inschr. bekannt; hat wahrscheinlich 451 v.Chr. zum ersten Mal an den Dionysien gesiegt [1. test.]. Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) Bibliography 1 PCG V, 1986, 43. [English version] [2] athenischer Orakelausleger und fanatischer Gegner der von Perikles geförderten Aufklärung Athenischer Orakelausleger und fanatischer Gegner der von Perikles geförderten Aufklärung. Auf seinen Antrag hin wurde 437/6(?) v.Chr. beschlossen, diejenigen, die nicht an die Götter gla…

Perseus

(1,572 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Günther, Linda-Marie (München)
(Περσεύς). [1] Sohn der Danae und des Zeus, argiv. Heros [English version] I. Mythologie Sohn der Danaë und des Zeus, der sie in Form eines Goldregens schwängert; Enkel des Akrisios, des Königs von Argos, und der Eurydike. Aufgrund eines Orakels, daß der Sohn seiner Tochter ihn töten werde, setzt Akrisios Danaë und P. in einem Kästchen auf dem Meer aus. In Seriphos angespült, werden Mutter und Sohn von Diktys [1] gefunden und aufgenommen. Als Polydektes, der Bruder des Diktys und König von Seriphos, Danaë geg…

Diopeithes

(409 words)

Author(s): Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Bloch, René (Berne) | Engels, Johannes (Cologne)
(Διοπείθης; Diopeíthēs). [German version] [1] Writer of Old Comedy Author of Old Comedy, only known from inscriptions; probably won at the Dionysia for the first time in 451 BC [1. test.]. Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) Bibliography 1 PCG V, 1986, 43. [German version] [2] Athenian oracle consultant and fanatical opponent of the enlightenment promoted by Pericles Athenian oracle consultant and fanatical opponent of the enlightenment promoted by  Pericles. Following his petition it was decided in 437/6(?) BC to prosecute those who did not believe in the …

Perseus

(1,751 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Günther, Linda-Marie (Munich)
(Περσεύς; Perseús). [1] Son of Danae and Zeus, Argive hero [German version] I. Mythology Son of Danae and Zeus, who impregnates her in the form of a shower of gold; grandson of Acrisius, the king of Argos, and Eurydice. Because of an oracle predicting that the son of his daughter will kill him, Acrisius sets Danae and P. adrift at sea in a chest. Mother and son are washed ashore in Seriphus and found and taken in by Dictys [1]. When Polydectes, the brother of Dictys and king of Seriphus, wishes to marry Danae…

Narcissus

(1,201 words)

Author(s): Bremmer, Jan N. (Groningen) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) | Eck, Werner (Cologne)
[German version] I. Mythical character (Νάρκισσος/ Nárkissos, Lat. Narcissus). [German version] A. Mythology Narcissus is the personification of a plant by the same name; as with many plants, the etymology may be pre-Greek (Chantraine, vol. 2, s.v.). The aetiological myth of Narcissus is documented only in relatively late sources and is unlikely to be earlier than Hellenistic. Conon [4] (FGrH 26 F 1,26), a mythographer, who knew many local myths, tells of the fate of a handsome youth from Thespiae in Boeotia…

Aristophon

(303 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Hoesch, Nicola (Munich) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀριστοφῶν; Aristophôn). [German version] [1] Athenian politician (end of the 5th cent. BC) Member of the Athenian regime of 400 oligarchs in 411 BC. Sent by them as an emissary to Sparta, he was abducted to Samos by Athenian democrats and Argives (Thuc. 8,86,9; PA, 2102; Traill PAA, 175995. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [2] Athenian politician (end of the 5th-middle of the 4th cent. BC) Athens. Politician, who was honoured in 403 BC for his resistance against the 30 Tyrants ( Triakonta) by   ateleia (ἀτέλεια) (Dem. Or. 20,148). Until his deat…

Sphinx

(1,195 words)

Author(s): Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin) | Johannsen, Nina (Kiel) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Σφίγξ/ Sphínx, also ἀνδροσφίγξ/ androsphínx: Hdt. 2,175; Boeotian: φίξ/ phíx; pl. Σφίγγες/ Sphínges). [German version] I. Egypt Depiction of the Egyptian king with the body of a lion and a human head Greek designation for the depictions which were originally only of the Egyptian king with the body of a lion and a human head; there is no known Egyptian designation for this type of image. Three-dimensional sculptural representations of recumbent sphinxes have been documented since the 4th Dynasty. (Djedefre, 2570-2450 BC). The great sphinx of Gizeh, worshipped…

Aristophon

(293 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Hoesch, Nicola (München) | Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen)
(Ἀριστοφῶν). [English version] [1] Athen. Politiker (Ende 5. Jh. v. Chr.) Mitglied des Regimes der 400 Oligarchen 411 v. Chr. in Athen. Von diesen als Gesandter nach Sparta geschickt, wurde er von athen. Demokraten und Argivern nach Samos entführt (Thuk. 8,86,9; PA, 2102; Traill PAA, 175995. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [2] Athen. Politiker (Ende 5.-Mitte 4. Jh. v. Chr.) Athen. Politiker, wurde 403 v. Chr. wegen seiner Verdienste im Widerstand gegen die 30 Tyrannen (Triakonta) durch Ateleia (ἀτέλεια) geehrt (Demosth. or. 20,148). Bis zu se…
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