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Dorylaus

(227 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(Δορύλαος; Dorýlaos). [German version] [1] Great-great-grandfather of Strabo, friend of Mithridates V From Amisus, great-great-grandfather of the geographer Strabo, recruited mercenaries in Thrace, Greece and Crete as anḕr taktikós and friend of Mithridates V of Pontus. In Knossos he was chosen as stratēgós and defeated the Gortynians. After the assassination of Mithridates in 120 BC he remained in Knossos (Str. 10,4,10). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [2] Son of Philetaerus, participated in the 1st Mithridatic War Son of Philetaerus, nephew of D. [1]. Raise…

Axiochus

(75 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ἀξίοχος; Axíochos). Uncle of  Alcibiades (Pl. Euthd. 275a), and accused together with him in 415 BC of the profanation of the Mysteries in the house of Charmenides, after which he fled from Athens (And. 1,16); his possessions were auctioned. On his alleged amorous adventures: cf. Ath. 12,534F-535A; 13,574E and [1. 20]. He appears in the pseudo-Platonic dialogue that is named after him. Traill, PAA 139755. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Bibliography 1 W. M. Ellis, Alcibiades, 1989.

Rhetra

(758 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(ῥήτρα/ rhḗtra, Ionian ῥήτρη/ rhḗtrē, Elean ράτρα/ wrátra; related to εἴρειν/ eírein ('speak')). [German version] [1] Contract (general) Generally 'ceremonial utterance, something said with a claim to authority', figuratively also 'agreement, contract' (e.g., Hom. Il. 14,393; Syll.3 9, Elis, 6th cent. BC), later 'resolution, law' [1. 17-22; 2. 431; 3. 120283]. The phrase εὐθεῖαι ῥῆτραι/ eutheîai rhêtrai ('legal covenants') attested in Tyrtaeus fr. 1b,6 = °14,6 Gentili/Prato (2nd half of 7th cent. BC) expresses an ideal of a consensus extending to all po…

Maldras

(92 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] Son of Massilia, was elevated to king of the Suebi by the king of the West Goths Theodericus II in AD 456 after the murder of Rechiarius, although he had to defend himself against other pretenders [1. 124]. In 457 he plundered Olisipo (Lisbon) and laid waste to Gallaecia, in 459 to Lusitania and Portumcale Castrum (Oporto). In the same year, he murdered his brother, was then killed himself in 460 (Chron. min. 2,29-31 Mommsen). PLRE 2, 704. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) Bibliography 1 D. Claude, Geschichte der Westgoten, 1970.

Endius

(106 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ἔνδιος; Éndios). Spartan, son of Alcibiades. In 420 BC, E. attempted in vain as a delegate in Athens to prevent a symmachia between the Athenians and Argos, Mantineia and Elis (Thuc. 5,44-47). As ephor he voted in 413/2 on the advice of Alcibiades [3], who was banned from Athens and with whose family he was associated by proxenia, for a rapid shift of the war theatre to the territory of Athens' allies in Asia Minor (Thuc. 8,6; 17). After the Spartan defeat at Cyzicus (410 BC) E. attempted in vain to broker a peace in Athens (Diod. Sic. 13,52f.). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Herpyllis

(120 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ἑρπυλλίς; Herpyllís). Life companion (first as slave, then freed, but probably not second wife) of Aristotle [6] (died 322 BC), in whose will she was lavished with money, servants, and the right of residence in the philosopher's estates in Chalcis and Stageira because of her excellent care of him (ὅτι σπουδαία περὶ ἐμὲ ἐγένετο). In case of a future marriage, the executors were to take care that she would not be given to someone unworthy of her (Diog. Laert. 5,13). It is impossible…

Abascantus

(54 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Ἀβάσκαντος; Abáskantos). Athenian from Cephisia, son of Eumolpus, from AD 135/6 34 years παιδοτρίβης δια βίου ( paidotríbēs dia bíou) (CIA 3,1112; 740 and passim), died after 169/70 Traill, PAA, 101125). His son A. (Traill, PAA, 101135) was κοσμητὴς τῶν ἐφήβων ( kosmētḕs tôn ephḗbōn) 192/3-200/1 (CIA 3, 1159). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Canidius

(126 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] C. Crassus, P., of unknown descent. In 43 BC, he served as legate of  Lepidus in Gaul (Cic. Fam. 10,21,4). Probably holder of a command position under M.  Antonius [I 9] in the Perusine War (App. B Civ. 5,50; MRR 2,373). Cos. suff. at the end of 40 BC; from 36 BC, he fought successfully in Armenia and in the Caucasus, and took part in Antony's Parthian campaigns. In the winter 33/32 BC, he returned to Antony from a command in Armenia, was in charge of the land forces at Actium; after the defeat, he fled to join Antony in …

Lamis

(131 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Λάμις; Lámis). From Megara, leader of a party of Megarian colonists who, probably together with settlers from Chalcis [1], went to Sicily around 730 BC. There the Megarians separated from the Chalcidians, and, the latter already having occupied the most favourable locations (Naxos, Catana, Leontini), founded Trotilum. They accepted an invitation from Leontini to drive out the Sicels ( Siculi) and live in the polis, but they were soon driven out themselves, founding Thapsus (moder…

Gorgidas

(139 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Γοργίδας/ Gorgídas, or Γοργίας/ Gorgías in Diodorus). The most important Theban politician and commander of the 4th cent. BC (cf. Diod. Sic. 15,39,2) alongside  Epaminondas and  Pelopidas, Hipparchus in c. 383. After the Spartan seizure of the Cadmeia, G. remained in contact with Theban fugitives in Athens (Plut. Mor. 578BC; 576A). He is said to have organized the resistance against Sparta by forming the ‘holy throng’ ( hieròs lóchos, ἱερὸς λόχος) (Plut. Mor. 594AB; Plut. Pel. 12; 18f.; Polyaenus, Strat. 2,5,1; in Ath. 13,602a attributed to Epami…

Diadochi, wars of the

(935 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] The term refers to the wars between the former companions and generals of king Alexander [4] ( Diadochi and Epigoni) for his inheritance, lasting from his death in 323 BC to the formation of the Hellenistic state system. The period of the D. can be roughly divided into two periods: the wars leading up to the death of  Antigonos [1] Monophthalmos (301 BC), who championed most forcefully the unity of the empire, and the subsequent phase, beginning as early as c. 305, in which the Hellenistic successor states of Alexander's empire slowly took on the characteris…

Byrebista(s)

(164 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (Βυρεβίστας; Byrebístas, Βοιρεβίστας; Boirebístas). King of the Dacians, c. 60 BC founded a coherent kingdom, which at times extended from the Hungarian low plain to the Julian Alps. His conquests included Scordisci, Taurisci and Boii; his attacks on Thracian territories in the western Pontus region also led to heavy plundering of Greek colonies (i.a. Apollonia). Pompey negotiated with him in 48 for military support (Syll.3 762,22-42). In 44 Caesar planned a campaign against B. (Str. 7.3.5), but almost simultaneously with his assassination the …

Papianilla

(55 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] Daughter of the West Roman emperor Avitus [1], sister of Ecdicius, married the poet Sidonius Apollinaris before AD 455. She brought great wealth to the marriage and was supposedly opposed to her husband's charitableness (Sidon. Epist. 2,2,3; 2,12,1f.; 5,16; Greg. Tur. Franc. 2,21f.). PLRE 2, 830 (P. 2) with stemma 14. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)

Agias

(130 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] [1] Elean, brother of the seer Teisamenus (5th cent. BC) Elean, son of Antiochus, received as a result of the activity of his brother, the seer Teisamenus, together with him Spartan citizenship (Hdt. 9,33; 35). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [2] Elean, seer in Sparta (5th cent. BC) Elean, son of Agelochus, grandson of Teisamenus. As a seer, A. is supposed to have predicted for  Lysander the victory at Aegospotami (in 405) (Paus. 3,11,5 f.). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [German version] [3] Companion of  Aristomachus [4] II (3rd cent. BC) Companion of  Aristo…

Mesotes

(494 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[German version] (μεσότης, mesótēs: ‘middle’, ‘mean’, understood in the positive sense). Key concept of a Greek ethical (and resulting political) maxim, which - according to the classical definition of Aristotle (see below) - postulates an orientation toward the mean between ‘too much’ ( hyperbolḗ) and ‘too little’ ( élleipsis). A diffuse mesótēs ideal is perceptible since the Archaic period, and was already propagated by Hesiodus (Op. 694) and ascribed primarily to the Delphic oracle or the Seven Sages ( mēdén ágan: ‘nothing too much’, supporting documents in [1. 11f.]). A…

Ecdicius

(97 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] Arverner aus senatorischer Familie, Sohn des Kaisers Avitus [1], Schwager des Sidonius Apollinaris, genoß eine ausgezeichnete Erziehung (in Clermont). Um 469 n.Chr. befand er sich wahrscheinlich am Hof des Anthemius [2]; wohl 471 organisierte er u.a. aus eigenen Mitteln die Verteidigung Clermonts gegen die Westgoten. Während einer Hungersnot im Burgundergebiet 473 versorgte er die (notleidende) Bevölkerung. Iulius Nepos verlieh ihm für seine Verdienste 474 den patricius-Titel und ernannte ihn wohl auch zum magister utriusque militiae (Sidon. epist. 3,3…

Lamis

(118 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] (Λάμις). Aus Megara, Anführer einer megarischen Kolonistenschar, die - wohl gemeinsam mit Siedlern aus Chalkis [1] - um 730 v.Chr. nach Sizilien zog. Dort trennten sich die Megarer von den Chalkidiern und gründeten, da diese bereits die günstigsten Plätze besetzt hatten (Naxos, Katane, Leontinoi), Trotilon. Sie folgten einer Einladung aus Leontinoi, die dortigen Sikeler (Siculi) zu vertreiben und in der Polis zu leben, wurden aber bald wieder verjagt und gründeten Thapsos (h. Mag…

Anaxandros

(122 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] [1] Spartan. König z.Z. des 2. Messenischen Krieges Nach Paus. 3,3,4 und 4,15,3 spartanischer König z.Z. des 2. Messenischen Krieges, Agiade, Sohn des Eurykrates (Hdt. 7,204). Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [2] Führer der Thebaner (480 v. Chr.) Nach Aristophanes von Boiotien (FGrH 379 F 6) Führer der Thebaner bei den Thermopylai (480). Vgl. aber Hdt. 7,233, der in dieser Position Leontiades nennt. Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) [English version] [3] Thebaner, Söldnerführer im Peloponnesischen Krieg Thebaner, 411 v. Chr. Söldnerführer im Pelopon…

Eurysthenes

(167 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
(Εὐρυσθένης). [English version] [1] Legendärer spartanischer König, Nachfahr des Herakles Legendärer spartanischer König, nach der Überlieferung Sohn des Aristodemos, eines Nachfahren des Herakles. E. galt als Stammvater der Agiaden (Hdt. 4,147; 6,52; 7,204; Cic. div. 2,90). Hellanikos (FGrH 4 F 116) macht ihn mit seinem Bruder Prokles, dem Ahnherrn der Eurypontiden, zum Stifter der spartanischen Verfassung; Ephoros schreibt ihm die Aufteilung der lakedaimonischen Siedlungsbezirke zu (FGrH 70 F 117). Dera…

Hildericus, Hilderich

(124 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld)
[English version] Sohn des Hunericus und der Eudokia [2], der Tochter Valentinians III. (Theoph. 5964; 6026), König der Vandalen 523-530 n.Chr. H. beendete die katholikenfeindliche Politik seiner Vorgänger und suchte die Annäherung an Byzanz (er prägte Münzen mit dem Bild des Iustinus I. [1. 94]), während sich das Verhältnis zu den Ostgoten erheblich verschlechterte. Die vandalische Opposition unter Führung des Gelimer nutzte daher eine Niederlage der Truppen H.' gegen Araber in der Byzacena, um i…
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